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Sep 17, 2019 - 8:09:41 AM
3740 posts since 5/1/2003

I bought this banjo recently at an estate auction. After clean up and restringing I realized that it really sounds better than other small pot banjos I've played. After searching quite a bit on the internet,I have yet to find one that has no shoe brackets like this one. What do you think about it?

Edited by - Ks_5-picker on 09/17/2019 08:11:06

Sep 17, 2019 - 8:21:13 AM

6327 posts since 8/28/2013

That's actually fairly typical of May Bell. I'm rather surprised you haven't found anything on the intgenet.

Sep 17, 2019 - 8:29:58 AM

3740 posts since 5/1/2003

well,I just did a Google search,ebay reverb,etc. ALL pictured had shoe brackets. a dozen or more.

Sep 17, 2019 - 8:36:16 AM

1464 posts since 6/2/2010

I have owned 2 Maybells in the past with the exact same set-up. Different resonator than yours but flange exactly the same.

Like George said pretty common.

Sep 17, 2019 - 8:47:56 AM

3740 posts since 5/1/2003


Sep 17, 2019 - 9:35:17 AM

2731 posts since 5/29/2011

I'd like to find a flange like that one. I have a 10 3/4" rim to make a banjo with and don't want to have to drill it for bracket shoes.

Sep 17, 2019 - 9:46:36 AM

3740 posts since 5/1/2003

I really do think it affects the tone.
I had planned to resell this one but after changing strings I decided to have a 5 string neck mounted. Found a Saga kit banjo that has a decent mahogany neck,gonna have my luthier mount it.
I'm gonna tune it to E. My poor man's Hartford banjer. ;)

Sep 17, 2019 - 1:00:51 PM

590 posts since 5/19/2018

That is a correct flange.

Just looked at one of my Maybell banjos. Exactly the same.

They make nice five string instruments when converted over.

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