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Making it Clearer

Posted by nechville on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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I am always trying to explain my banjo ideas with the fewest words so that people will really understand what is happening inside that instrument, Here is my latest crack at doing just that.

In a standard bluegrass banjo, the neck, (mostly a structural element), is directly connected to the rim and tone ring, which might be considered acoustic components except for the fact that they also provide the instrument's structure.  The joining of neck to body with metal rods and other fasteners can interfere with the pure tone capabilities of a rim / tone ring acoustical chamber. The addition of hardware for tightening the head further increases the potential for audible metallic interference.

The number one acoustical reason for helical mounting is to separate the structural components of the neck, hardware and structural frame of the instrument from the sound generating components like the head, tone ring and rim. This enables a “floating” tone ring, free of stress and interference from metal fasteners.


The Helical mounting structural frame or Heli-mount bolts securely but adjustably to the neck, creating the instrument’s structure. Thereby tone components such as heads, tone rings, rims and new versions of acoustic chambers can easily be inserted from the back and secured in place with a threaded retaining ring or flange. Conventional heads mounted in a Helimount are tightened with perfect uniformity and evenness. Changes and adjustments are quick and easy plus the Heli-Mount frame provides a solid neck connection
that provides adjustable action and portability for travel.


2 comments on “Making it Clearer”

flyerpicker Says:
Thursday, October 24, 2013 @6:04:00 AM

Put this in your next book.....

twayneking Says:
Saturday, November 2, 2013 @10:41:11 AM

Sounds like fun...

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