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
That's actually fairly typical of May Bell. I'm rather surprised you haven't found anything on the intgenet.
well,I just did a Google search,ebay reverb,etc. ALL pictured had shoe brackets. a dozen or more.
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.
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.
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. ;)
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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