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Tensionator tailpiece

Posted by jbalch on Saturday, February 22, 2014

I picked this tailpiece up on ebay.  I've always liked the sound of an Oettinger (vs. a Grover Patent Presto) on my B&D banjos.  So I decided to try this German-made Tensionator version for my Williams bluegrass banjo.

I really like it a lot. The individual string adjustability really helps fine tune the tone of the banjo. I set it as I do on tenor - with the 4th string choked down and the others set progressively higher. The result is a a very well-balanced sound that is big and open.  The middle strings are especially improved compared to the OEM Presto.

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