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Banjo Head Tension guidance

Posted by Jeff Graf on Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Can folks assist me in understanding how to know, in the absence of a banjo head tension gage, whether the head is correctly tensioned?  Can a head be too tight and what are the signs of that?  Actually, I’d even ask one thing farther: how does the system work?  I have two open back banjos which both sound and play great, a Rickard 12” Maple Ridge with steel strings and a GoldTone 12” Carlin with nylgut strings, each a couple of years old. I’ve tightened, slightly the hooks on both, like a quarter turn each (presuming that over time they needed a little tightening).  But it was all guess work.   Looking at where the hooks grab the rim (which holds the head), it seems to me that there is a limit to how much one could possibly tighten the head.  I just don’t get the physics/mechanics of it.  Any advice or referrals you can provide would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

1 comment on “Banjo Head Tension guidance”

Texasbanjo Says:
Friday, January 27, 2023 @4:48:10 AM

You'll get more reads if you ask your questions on the Building, Setup, Repair forum.

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