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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Tone of banjos with small pots

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Dogfeathers - Posted - 05/25/2020:  09:44:19

The smallest pot banjo I have ever played or owned has been 11” or slightly under. Traditionally I have leaned towards open back 12” pots but my tastes are changing so want to dabble a bit towards a smaller pot. I commonly play small bodied guitars and love them too.
But I have no experience at all not having been around any banjo pots under say 10 1/2” so just wondering what feedback I can get from other BHO members. Is it really brighter or “sparklier”. I assume it is a “Lady’s” banjo with a shorter (23”-25”) scale and that is OK too. Will likely set it up with a hide head and steel strings. Will likely set it up for a deeper tone but I might be chasing a ghost attempting that with a smaller than normal pot. I am mostly pursuing this for physical comfort of holding a smaller banjo and not really wanting a higher pitch. I have previously bought a banjeurine, but that did not work out to my liking because of such a short scale. Thanks for any feedback.

Lew H - Posted - 05/25/2020:  10:12:29

Smaller pots will have less bass, more treble sound, other things being equal. Tightening head will increase the treble, loosening the head--within limits--will decrease the treble.

banjered - Posted - 05/25/2020:  13:29:10

The best small pot banjo I've heard was a 10" hide head pot with a Whyte Laydie tone ring and I am guessing a Wyatt Fawley neck from Turtle Hill Banjo. Sounded better than most regular size banjos, in the upper 90% of banjo sound, no tininess whatsoever. banjered

maneckep - Posted - 05/25/2020:  16:56:29

One of my favorite banjos that I owned was an SS Stewart American Princess banjo with a 10-inch pot. Probably never should have sold that one.

On the plus side the gentleman that bought it and his daughter have both won numerous banjo contests with it. Definitely went to a good home.

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