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Head Tension

Posted by johnboyrox on Tuesday, March 3, 2009

So after taking my new banjo to a jam session.  I noticed that I didn't have the volume I was hoping for.  I knew from past experience, that if you get the head to tight, it might do this.  I backed the tension off just slightly,  I mean slightly--about 1/6-1/4 of a turn on each bracket and put the resonator back on. 

WOW! It was only a matter of seconds until I had my wife annoyed.  It really picked up some serious volume.  It appears it is tuned just south of G#.  I am now the loudest banjo on the block, and I have no "Wolf-notes".  I also took the slightest ammount of bow out of the neck.  I am not sure which adjustment did it, but it really cleaned up the tone up the neck as well.

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