Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

357
Banjo Lovers Online


What banjo wall holder do you use?

Want to hide these Google ads? Join the Players Union!
Jul 9, 2019 - 1:00:23 PM
likes this
3 posts since 7/4/2019

Guys this is my first time posting on the Banjo Hangout. I want to say hi from Chicago! The Banjo Hangout looks like a nice place to learn a lot of things. I have been reading a lot of your post. I have learned a lot. Well, I just received my first banjo today and I don't want to keep it in the case. I want to buy a very strong reliable banjo wall holder that won't break the neck of the banjo and one that gives it proper support. I saw a String Swing low profile mount. Does anyone recommend it or do you have something better I can use? Thanks! 


Edited by - Sped Man on 07/09/2019 13:23:04

Jul 9, 2019 - 2:23:39 PM
like this

816 posts since 1/25/2017

Unless your banjo is in your hands and properly strapped over your shoulder or neck, it needs to be in the case. I wouldn't hang a dirty t-shirt on that.

Jul 9, 2019 - 2:28:07 PM

1840 posts since 5/2/2012

The picture shown is designed to hold guitars horizontally.  http://www.stringswing.com/product/cc151-1pc-horizontal-holder  I don't think I'd trust using that device with a good banjo, given the weight (if a resonator banjo)  and distribution of weight with a banjo.  I've had good luck with the ones that hold the instrument vertically http://www.stringswing.com/product/cc01b-hardwood-home-studio-banjo-hanger  Just make sure you have long enough screws and are screwing into a wall stud.  

Jul 9, 2019 - 4:08:47 PM
likes this

1780 posts since 12/31/2005

Your first post and you have reignited the case vs hanger war. It is a hot-button topic. But this is still America and it's your banjo. Let's start with what type of banjo it is (make, open back, resonator) and what is its approximate weight?

Jul 9, 2019 - 5:13:37 PM

3 posts since 7/4/2019

This banjo mount is for my 5 string Paramount banjo. It has a resonator. Sorry for reigniting the case vs hanger war :-)

Jul 9, 2019 - 5:38:59 PM
likes this

1780 posts since 12/31/2005

String Swings are good.  Just make sure the screws go into the wall studs.  Think about the other things that will be moving around the area to anticipate problems.  Sometimes hanging it over another piece of furniture (e.g. 2-3 shelf book case) keeps people from being able to back into it or bump something against it.  

Test it before hanging on wall to make sure it cradles the peghead correctly and tuning pegs are not stressed or bearing any weight.

Hanging the banjo does not ignite the flames of passion as much as banjo stands.  About every 6-12 months, some poor unsuspecting person asks for a recommendation for a banjo stand.  Poor sap.  Before he knows it, we are at page 3 of scoldings and war stories about broken prewar necks.  It's like going on a dog rescue site and asking for recommendations for the best chain to use to keep a dog tied up in the back yard.  But I digress  . . . .

Edited by - Brian Murphy on 07/09/2019 17:42:01

Jul 9, 2019 - 6:20:26 PM
like this

397 posts since 5/19/2018

No need for a war here.

If you want to hang your banjo, fine.

If you want to keep your banjo in a stand, also fine.

There are a lot of instrument repair people , neck builders and Luther’s who need the work that using hangers and stands provide.

Jul 9, 2019 - 7:22:24 PM

69 posts since 12/29/2009

I use String Swings. As Brian Murphy notes, make sure the hanger is solidly mounted to a stud - drywall is no match for the weight of a banjo.

Jul 9, 2019 - 7:55:24 PM

jal395

USA

5 posts since 6/29/2019

Every music store I've ever been in hangs instruments. Are we worried about the hangers failing, the anchors failing, or user error (dropping it when hanging it up or taking it down)?

Jul 10, 2019 - 4:59:53 AM
likes this
Players Union Member

rudy

USA

14248 posts since 3/27/2004

I use String swings to hang all my instruments and make custom stands using them.  They are the only hanger that I would trust, and I've seen some photos of the cheaper hangers like you find on eBay that broke at the welded joint of the yoke.  String Swing also uses a covering material that is compatible with all finishes.

If I played a heavy resonator banjo I'd use the Stelling-type of hanger that supports the weight of the pot assembly.  The Stelling website is the only place I've seen them for sale:

Stelling Banjo Hanger


Jul 10, 2019 - 6:58:41 AM

10513 posts since 2/12/2011

String Swing single hook - make sure the hanger is solidly mounted to a stud. About $12.

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:42:59 AM

1631 posts since 2/10/2003

quote:
Originally posted by jal395

Every music store I've ever been in hangs instruments. Are we worried about the hangers failing, the anchors failing, or user error (dropping it when hanging it up or taking it down)?


Every music store hangs their instruments, because they have to display them to sell them. They are most definitely worried about them falling off the wall, evidenced by the more expensive instruments being out of reach, so that an employee must be involved in the put up and take down of the instrument.   Hanging any instrument on the Wall is not ideal. 

That being said, if you want to hang, it is up to you.  Make sure you get the screws into a wall stud and use long screws. 

Jul 10, 2019 - 8:32:10 AM

928 posts since 2/4/2013
Online Now

While I have enough banjos to hold up a wall I prefer not to do that.

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:08:18 PM

69 posts since 7/6/2019

Pardon the banjo noob question but isn't that a lot of weight to be hanging on the headstock?

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:10:47 PM
likes this

3 posts since 7/4/2019

Coolidge that is exactly what I thought.

Jul 10, 2019 - 4:25:16 PM

jal395

USA

5 posts since 6/29/2019

Coolidge and sped have my question exactly. Is the neck structurally capable of supporting the weight of the hanging banjo without any side effects?

Jul 15, 2019 - 11:18:17 AM

1160 posts since 2/10/2013

I would not hang a banjo on a wall. They are way too heavy. I have problems carrying one around. Hanging guitars/mandolins/fiddles where they are exposed to the sound of music can reputedly improve sound. People argue about this, but I think it is true for those instruments. But I don't think it is true for a banjo.

If I did not have any children or pets, I might consider keeping a banjo in a "top notch" banjo stand. And, it would be away from regular traffic. But you still have the chance of an accident and the neck being damaged. My banjo is (1) in the case (2) laying on a flat safe surface, like a bed or (3) in my lap.

Finally, really good banjo stand is not cheap. I have seen one this is said to be fool proof, but it is not cheap. About the price of a good case, something you should already own.

We think accidents will only happen to other folks - until one happens to us. Often somebody else causes an accident.

Edited by - Richard Hauser on 07/15/2019 11:19:21

Jul 16, 2019 - 2:22:51 AM

2079 posts since 4/29/2012

Luckily banjos are just the right width at the nut and headstock to use cheap plastic covered steel tool-hangers. I use the type where the prongs turn up at the end. The issue is not the hanger, which is going to be plenty strong enough for a banjo, but the wall. I'm also lucky to live in a house whose age and location mean I have plenty of solid brick walls to hang my banjos on. I've seen banjos falling off stands and breaking. Never seen one falling off a wall.


 

Jul 16, 2019 - 2:27:39 AM

3 posts since 7/16/2019

You can also enjoy banjor movies and tv shows on your phone.

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:02:44 AM
Players Union Member

rudy

USA

14248 posts since 3/27/2004

quote:
Originally posted by AndrewD

Luckily banjos are just the right width at the nut and headstock to use cheap plastic covered steel tool-hangers. I use the type where the prongs turn up at the end. The issue is not the hanger, which is going to be plenty strong enough for a banjo, but the wall. I'm also lucky to live in a house whose age and location mean I have plenty of solid brick walls to hang my banjos on. I've seen banjos falling off stands and breaking. Never seen one falling off a wall.


Andrew,

Just as a cautionary note I had 5 of those same hangers holding lightweight open backs for a few years and had one of them break at the weld between the yolk and stem when simply putting a banjo up after playing.  I checked the others and a second one broke at the weld with very little pressure.  I was amazed at how easily they broke considering that it was far less effort then when they were screwed into the backing board.  I was always a bit concerned about the red stuff that they were dipped in damaging the finish, but it was the welds under the dip that were the real problem.

I removed them and replaced with String Swing hangers.

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories

0.4550781