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Tailpieces  Oettinger by Lyndon Bespoke Banjo Banjo Part/Accessory Reviews

Submitted by Bufo Bill (see all reviews from this person) on 6/8/2022

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Here is a short review of Lyndon Bespoke Banjo's Five String Oettinger Tailpiece. Lyndon makes these in four, five and six string versions in brass and nickel, and there is a beautiful carved and engraved example on his shops homepage on

I chose a solid nickel five string version to fit to my Vintage Vega Tubaphone pot, which is smaller than average at 10 1/8 inches diameter. The scale length is 26 1/2 inches. I use nylon strings.
The Tailpiece has an accompanying website  ** (not ".com"), **

which uses an account of how to set up your Tailpiece from here on the Hangout, and it is easy to understand, being written in plain English.
The items were well packaged and arrived quickly and safely. It looks beautiful straight away, and it is obvious that the build quality is first rate as soon as you handle it. In fact, this Tailpiece will certainly outlive me!
My Oettinger was easy to install using the online guide, and wow, what a wonderful sound it makes! The strings are more evenly tensioned, which really improved the volume of the inner strings, the wound fourth in particular. The Banjo is now easier to play, not having to vary pressure on picking to create that even tone.
The quality of tone has been most remarkable. The sound of the Banjo is more focused, with an improved bell-like or chime-like tone whilst still allowing the tone ring to reverberate and amplify clearly.
My only note of caution is that the end bolt for the nickel version is sold separately, as this is nickel plated brass not solid nickel like the Tailpiece itself. I could have done with that information being more central in the listing, but that is my only problem with the whole experience.
Thanks for reading.
Cheers from Bill.

Overall Rating: 10

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