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Banjo as Moth

Posted by Joanchek on Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Got the first moth in the house today;  spring is here.  The leaves are beginning to appear and it's fun to watch the green creep up the sides of the mountains.  It's time to think about mulch and flowers and all those attendant sort of things.  Can't plant yet;  we'll have a frost or two yet, but I can plan.

I have decided that my big banjo needs an overhaul, and I need to figure out how to make this happen safely and without spending a fortune.  To the best of my knowledge, it's never been professionally set up, and I think it is long overdue.  I do not know enough to feel comfortable experimenting, and I do not have a local luthier.  So it's time to put some feelers out and find someplace to take it, or send it, for a little TLC.  Any suggestions welcome!


2 comments on “Banjo as Moth”

mainejohn Says:
Thursday, April 24, 2008 @5:02:59 AM

I love tinkering and taking apart banjos...I feel its all part of owning an playing this "tinker-toy-erector-set" instrument. I think you'll find your banjo is easier to mess with than you think. Its quite addicting, however!

revdmike Says:
Thursday, April 24, 2008 @5:54:01 PM

I think most tinkering is pretty harmless as long as you leave the truss rod alone. It is also pretty instructive as you can try different things, such as head tension and tailpiece setup, and really hear the difference. There are some good websites that will help you, should you decide to have a go. Some excellent material can be found at

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