I just picked up a 1930s Paramount Plectrum. This is my first banjo with a resonator and I have a very basic question, forgive me.
It has one loose tension hook that I need to tighten. I can't figure out how the resonator comes off. I have found two latches - one at the 3 o'clock position, one at the 9 o'clock position - and these can be disengaged. After disengaging, do I simply twist the resonator off?
The banjo is in excellent condition and I don't want to damage anything!
Push each latch to the right so that they are over the openings in the flange and gently pull the resonator off, no twisting. If it's stuck, you can usually push it off because there should be a lip (overhang past the flange) you can push against.
After I slide my latches, I have to slightly push the top of each latch in towards the center of the pot for them to release. Not sure if they were designed this way or not but that is what works for my banjo.