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Apr 16, 2019 - 6:04 PM
1248 posts since 10/13/2004

Any opinion......Is this the real deal?




 

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:12:34 PM

5768 posts since 8/28/2013

This one is a copy. I believe these copies were made in Germany, but I don't know the details.

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:37:56 PM

279 posts since 5/19/2018

Looks like a German ABM Tensionator.

Nice tailpieces. ABM no longer makes them, so at this point as far as I know, a good quality Oettinger Style tailpiece is no longer being made by any manufacturer.

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:45:05 PM

jbalch

USA

8640 posts since 11/28/2003

As others have said - not an Oettinger.  But a nice tailpiece nonetheless. 

I use one like it on my Williams Kenny Ingram model.  It is the best sounding TP I've found for that banjo.

Below are photos or a real Oettinger.






 

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:06:47 PM

1248 posts since 10/13/2004

Thanks for your input George.....I have tried the ones made in Germany but all of them that I have tried were too wide and wouldn't fit between the two hooks at the tailpiece position.....This one fits nicely......

Clancy

Apr 17, 2019 - 4:38:06 AM

1749 posts since 4/7/2010

Clancy,

It is a German made ABM Tensionator tailpiece. Could be it is from a different batch, or that your rim has a wider space between the hooks.

And yes, ABM has decided to not make their Tensionator tailpieces for the foreseeable future. THe electric guitar parts business is much more profitable.

I do have a limited supply of Tensionator tailpieces for 4 and 5 string banjos, but when they are all sold, I can not reorder.

Bob Smakula
smakula.com

Apr 17, 2019 - 6:51:35 AM

medsix

USA

9 posts since 11/18/2014

Hello everybody,

I just purchased these 2 "bearclaw" tailpieces from eBay. One is a genuine Oettinger. I'm not sure about the other one. Someone has an identical one for sale on this site. They are calling it a Liberty bearclaw tailpiece.

They were very expensive. The Oettinger was $235 from a seller from the UK. The bearclaw was $160 from a seller here in the states.

I bought an 5 string OME Juggernaut last year from an old picker. It had an Oetttinger tailpiece on it. It was the first time I had seen one. I think they are awesome. The ability to fine tune each string individually has been a lot of fun.

I previously purchased 3 different Fults tailpieces for my banjos. After tinkering around with them, I felt that they were too thick and heavy. I felt that they squashed the tone too much.






Edited by - medsix on 04/17/2019 07:01:52

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:32:37 AM

mander

USA

3240 posts since 10/7/2007

I've never seen anything like it. I had to google it. The advantages of this type of tail piece are?

Apr 18, 2019 - 3:51:15 AM

4648 posts since 5/14/2007

quote:
Originally posted by mander

I've never seen anything like it. I had to google it. The advantages of this type of tail piece are?


The great advantage of this type of tailpiece is the ability to adjust the downward pressure of each string on the bridge. By doing this, one is able to balance the tone among the strings. I have one on my Wildwood tubaphone and it was just the ticket, so to speak. It was money well spent. 

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:44:14 AM

jwold

USA

1024 posts since 7/21/2004

Mr. Rickard up in Canada was looking into manufacturing Oettinger style tailpieces, Looks like they're out at the moment...

https://rickardbanjos.com/product-category/hardware/tail-pieces-hardware/

Edited by - jwold on 04/18/2019 11:50:47

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:18:59 PM

167 posts since 11/16/2011

quote:
Originally posted by medsix

Hello everybody,

I just purchased these 2 "bearclaw" tailpieces from eBay. One is a genuine Oettinger.

I bought an 5 string OME Juggernaut last year from an old picker. It had an Oetttinger tailpiece on it.


The tailpiece pictured was made by Woodhaven in Oregon IL.  They were originally made for Fender but also sold to Ome.

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:24:37 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

12274 posts since 9/27/2007

That is a thing of beauty!  At first I thought of this guy!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_Oetker

Apr 19, 2019 - 7:20:56 AM

medsix

USA

9 posts since 11/18/2014

quote:
Originally posted by 550Spyder
quote:
Originally posted by medsix

Hello everybody,

I just purchased these 2 "bearclaw" tailpieces from eBay. One is a genuine Oettinger.

I bought an 5 string OME Juggernaut last year from an old picker. It had an Oetttinger tailpiece on it.


The tailpiece pictured was made by Woodhaven in Oregon IL.  They were originally made for Fender but also sold to Ome.


Thank you for the clarification! Everyday's a school day at banjohangout.com...  (^:

Apr 20, 2019 - 7:47:39 AM

mander

USA

3240 posts since 10/7/2007

quote:
Originally posted by John Gribble
quote:
Originally posted by mander

I've never seen anything like it. I had to google it. The advantages of this type of tail piece are?


The great advantage of this type of tailpiece is the ability to adjust the downward pressure of each string on the bridge. By doing this, one is able to balance the tone among the strings. I have one on my Wildwood tubaphone and it was just the ticket, so to speak. It was money well spent. 


Thanks!

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