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Kestergram number 2, Tied up and not in the fun way.

Posted by Kester on Friday, August 29, 2008

Ah double Quatsch!

I re-shot Basic Breakdown and saw that I needed to make changes.  New picks and new strings should help.  I went into town to the music shop and met the biggest idiot in the world.  Skinny, wearing matching grey everything, including teeth, and wouldn't smile even in the throws of passion.  I something managed to buy my goods without felling him with a good right...

I muttered, 'my precious' as I scampered all the way home...

Off came the old strings in a cloud of rust and out came the new strings all shiny and full of promise.  Oh it was to be a good night ahead.  Me, my banjo and a sinister urge between us.  The first string snapped as soon as it came out of the packet.  The second snapped as soon as it went onto the banjo and two strings wouldn't tighten.  Gad zooks!  The planetry machine heads, two of them were spinning in my innocent little fingers.  No traction, no action, no tighteninginginginginggingginggg...  'What's this I see' as I look on the label.  These were no ordinary strings, they were made in England.  Oh how could I?  I bought English and now look what happened to me.  Let us pray that my banjo will find salvation in the morn. 

In the meantime, how do you properly string a banjo?  Why do planetary machine heads spin with no traction and no action?  I hadn't over tightened anything so I can't see how they are bust?  When you tighten them should they be tighted clockwise or anti clockwise?

Answers on a postcard or right here, please... please.... arghhhh please!

6 comments on “Kestergram number 2, Tied up and not in the fun way.”

hammeron Says:
Friday, August 29, 2008 @12:30:43 PM

Kester, try this link. I did and it helped immeasurably.

hammeron Says:
Friday, August 29, 2008 @12:38:57 PM

In case you haven't already, check out Sean Ray's instructional videos. Some of the very best I've found. He's on BHO and YouTube as well. Enjoy!

Kester Says:
Friday, August 29, 2008 @12:49:38 PM

Hammeron, that web site is amazing!  Well found and shared.  Thank you.

  Here in the UK there is a different way of putting on strings, one that has caused endless headaches and lots of lost strings for me.  It involves winding the string round the peg and then threading it.  it is hard work, but I found that if I thread the string then start winding that I just get a snapped string.  I am going to head off into the city tomorrow and ask a pro I know there for a demonstration of winding strings. 

I am still curious to know other peoples experiences. 

hammeron Says:
Friday, August 29, 2008 @1:17:32 PM

You're most welcome.

Kester Says:
Friday, August 29, 2008 @2:32:33 PM

I found this video.  It is a great resource to use:

I would still like to know what experiences other people have of stringing their banjo?

zeke_w15 Says:
Saturday, August 30, 2008 @2:05:56 AM

Kester If you think you need help with this, e-mail me and I well make you a video for you and show how to do it the right way...........This past week I have changed my three times..........on a bluegrss banjo not an open is an easy as pie............

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