Posted by Stuart Bowen on Monday, December 27, 2010
I have an allergic reactions to nickel which I understand is fairly common. The best solution I've found is to cover the armrest with a thin soft leather. Before I tried the leather, my wife used fabric which also works. I also have a Nechville Vintage with a very nice wooden armrest. On balance, I prefer the leather covered standard armrest. See my photos for pictures of the fabric covered, leather covered and wooden armrests.
Monday, December 27, 2010 @1:22:16 PM
A word of caution on the Nechville wooden armrest. They are designed for Nechville banjos. I was able to get one to fit on a top-tension banjo by modifying the attachment clips, but they will not clip on to a banjo with the usual tension hooks.
Stuart Bowen Says:
Monday, December 27, 2010 @1:30:38 PM
Thanks Wes. I opted to stay with the leather on my Trans-Tone Conversion but Tom Nechville did offer to install a wooden armrest when he did the conversion, so apparently he has a method to install them on a banjo with the usual tension hooks.
Monday, December 27, 2010 @1:40:45 PM
Well, Thank you for the reply, Stuart. I bought two of the wooden armrests and since I only had one top-tension banjo the other one is just sitting here. I did hear many comments about how much more comfortable they were, and I also was using a wrist sock every time I played to avoid tarnishing the nickel rest. I just happen to have a banjo currently with Tom to install his recessed 5th string capo on the neck, and I will ask him about his mounting the armrest on other banjos.
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