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Tailpieces  Fults Cumberland T/P Banjo Part/Accessory Reviews

Submitted by ricksnapp (see all reviews from this person) on 2/8/2017

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Overall Comments

I've been curious about the Fults tailpiece for a while now.  They appear to be well engineered and very well built from the information on the web.  I recently bought a Cumberland tailpiece with F20 mount from another BHO member.  The F20 mount slips behind the hooks and was easier to install than I originally thought it would be.  I put it on a 1950 TB100 conversion, restrung and tuned it then put it back in the case.  I took it out of the case a couple of days later, tuned it up and proceeded to hit it a few licks.  All I can say is WOW!!!!  I never thought that a tailpiece could make such a difference in tone.  It is MUCH brighter, clearer, and louder than it was with previous Kerschner tailpiece.  The sustain lasts forever, note decay is almost instantaneous and overtones are virtually gone on this banjo.  IMHO this banjo rivals my 1927 TB2 conversion in terms of tone and volume.  I like the results so well that I'm going to replace the tailpiece on all of my banjos with a Fults.  It is a bit expensive but it transformed a good sounding banjo into a great sounding one!!!

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by geofisher (see all reviews from this person) on 5/17/2011

Where Purchased: online

Overall Comments

I got the Cumberland T/P for my 1986 Deering Maple Blossom, that I've owned for 10 years now. After trying different head tensions, other tailpieces, and different bridges, I now have the tone, sound, and volume I wanted out of my banjo. It's amazing, and for anyone getting almost the sound, but not quite what they want. I would highly recommend it! Well worth the money. It took a week or two of adjusting, playing for a day or so, adjusting again, play for a day or so, before I got it dialed in, but it's easy to get whatever sound you want with it. I am impressed!

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by thomass (see all reviews from this person) on 12/3/2009

Where Purchased: Direct

Overall Comments

This is one great piece of equipment....real quality. My BG250f had overtones that came & went. Put this bad boy on and they were gone. It's rock solid and adjusts in any direction with ease. It's worth every penny !! Holds tune great.
Has a new XYZ mount .

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by robin jones (see all reviews from this person) on 12/28/2008

Where Purchased: Online

Overall Comments

It's fantastic. Period. I've never seen anything that was better made.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by nicholsbanjo (see all reviews from this person) on 2/9/2008

Where Purchased: From Bob Fults

Overall Comments

I have looked at the pictures of these tailpieces for a while and finally called Mr.Fults. He was very knowledgeable and polite. I ordered the Cumberland model on Monday afternoon. It arrived Thursday and I was not disappointed. I've always felt the tailpiece was a weak point in the Gibson-type banjo. I believe Mr.Fults is on the right path to correcting this. This product is expertly crafted and it works real well. It looks like what I wanted and it has the tone I like. I like the secure attachment, the relatively heavy weight, the ease of changing strings, and the easy height adjustment. I'd highly recommend this tailpiece if you aren't afraid to try something that "Earl" or "Sonny" didn't have. Having made a few tailpieces myself, I can say that this one is well-engineered and fabricated.

Overall Rating: 10

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