Just got a new banjo.
I need to install spikes like I have on my other banjos. Problem is our hobby shops don't carry this stuff around here any more and I found them online but I have to order 500. (My son decided to use the 400 or so I had in a small box to "fix" his sisters doll house UGH)
I need 4 that's all actually just 3 but if like an extra incase I good one up.
I will take any suggestions and thank you in advance!
Eric Sullivan [FQMS] and Stew mac sell them, and probably Elderly.
If you want them from Stew mac, you might have to call in the order, since they might not be in the catalog.
Edited by - rcc56 on 03/15/2019 19:18:18
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Brad, if you send me a private message with your address, I will send you various spikes I have. Hopefully, some of them will work for you. joe
If you only need enough for a couple of banjos, Stewmac sells them. If you want a lifetime supply, MicroMark. They are very cheap, but for the little dinky package they will charge you as much shipping as the spikes themselves cost in order to get you to underwrite the postage for catalog they will send along with the spikes.
Smakula = best deal for typical player/tinkerer
Amazon has them.
I'd be leary of some sources for railroad spikes. As said, buyer beware. Sometimes the best "deal" isn't, and some spikes I've seen were poorly formed at the bend (important) and/or had heads that had way too much material on the top which can cause interference with the string and buzzing. Then you have to file off the top, sand them, and blacken them with a Sharpie, all the while being careful not to mar your fret board. You might have saved a buck or two, though...
I'd purchase them from Bob smakula who knows a thing or two about not settling for whatever is available.
I definitely agree with rudy , I ordered some through a store specializing in model railroads and RC cars. What I received were small brads. An item completely unsuitable for the task.
Modelers also use various tiny nails, and some places sell "spikes" with only a tiny angled head. Not suitable for banjos.
The various banjos I've had did not all use the same size spike. Spikes I got from Stew Mac a few years ago match up with Micro Engineering "small". My Prucha has larger spikes, as did my Stelling. I think the Prucha uses medium, with the shaft cut shorter.
Don't know what sizes other banjo makers use.
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