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making tension hoop for 13 inch minstrel head.

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Feb 14, 2018 - 4:24:50 PM
35 posts since 5/16/2016

I will be making a 13 inch minstrel banjo some time soon and the brass tension hoop has been a problem, I cant find brass strips long enough. any suggestions.

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:50:36 PM

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Feb 14, 2018 - 4:51:20 PM



2026 posts since 9/16/2007

Feb 14, 2018 - 5:34:32 PM

rudy Players Union Member


12587 posts since 3/27/2004

I've been using for all my metals purchases.  Materials are fairly cheap, but shipping gets to be a bit high for on line purchases.  Online (and most others) offset it a bit by fairly regularly offering e-mail discounts or 20%.

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:50:02 PM

2267 posts since 2/18/2009

+1 for onlinemetals, they had the best prices I could find when I was looking around a couple of years ago, except that now and then something will come up on eBay that's a better price. I try to buy in larger quantities when I can and that seems to help spread the shipping cost out a bit, though it still is pretty high. I figure that's the price I pay for living in the hinterlands.

Feb 15, 2018 - 9:30:45 AM

35 posts since 5/16/2016

Thank you all for helping me out here. I've been planning on making a minstrel and gourd banjo for a long time. I've got gourds for the gourd banjos and a little bit of brass hardware for the minstrel banjo.

Feb 15, 2018 - 10:19:13 AM

256 posts since 4/3/2012

I purchased a 13" tension hoop from Rickard Banjos. It wasn't on the website, but perhaps they still have some in stock?

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