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.
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