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Sep 26, 2019 - 3:49:03 PM
979 posts since 9/18/2009

I have developed a rather large rash on the inside of my forearm which has really stopped me playing the Banjo for the last couple of week's. I didnt realise what it was until somebody noticed that it's where my arm touches my armrest on my RK35. I have treated it with various cream's and it seems to be fading. I have been playing the last few days with a stretch bandage on my forearm, and it's been OK. Has anybody come across this ?

Sep 26, 2019 - 3:54:51 PM
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13408 posts since 12/11/2003

Yes. I used a sock with the toe cut off and sometimes an elastic bandage to shield my arm. Winter was no problem with long sleeves. I made a wire armrest that solved the problem. The nickel I was touching was the tension ring.

Sep 26, 2019 - 5:10:12 PM
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168 posts since 10/26/2008

Yep. I have it too, it's a good excuse to wear a wristband (which I embrace because I always wore them in sports/ it's kinda funny to have a neon Nike band on)I've actually found the wristband to be really functional, kind of propping the wrist up more which imo helps the picking angle. It is what it is and been wearing one whenever I play for the past ten years.

Sep 26, 2019 - 5:19:53 PM
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551 posts since 5/19/2018

Absolutely yes. Have a good friend who played Dobro. The finger picks and the grill would turn his skin raw. He went to a dermatologist and it was confirmed that a good number of people have allergies to certain metals.

He got a chrome Dobro and some different picks and the problem ended.

Sep 26, 2019 - 5:21:02 PM
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2570 posts since 11/15/2003

I've suffered from it at different points in my life, but i've discovered that it varies with different arm rests...some break me out, and some don't , i've not had a problem with it in several years, but about 12 years ago(my last outbreak) i showed up to my then oncologist office with my right forearm all scabbed up, and he like to crap a sailboat, i had to explain to him it wasn't from cancer!


Sep 26, 2019 - 6:10:43 PM
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3702 posts since 10/13/2005

Had it once with an Enoch Tradesman in the sweaty summertime so I switched to wooden armrests. Rumor: Last week a gal who sells cookware said her family got sick from a big brand name cookware, metal poisoning. She said cookware can say "Made in Germany" but the metal comes from China. I've heard that China recycles it's nuclear waste metal to us and that some of it is radioactive. P.S. Does your banjo glow in the dark? banjered

Sep 27, 2019 - 6:18:09 AM
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316 posts since 10/28/2003

Nechville makes very nice wood armrests that are comfortable and look great, too.

Sep 27, 2019 - 4:02:41 PM

979 posts since 9/18/2009

Thank's all. Thought i was the only person who has developed this it put my mind at rest that its quite a common problem. I have 3 Banjos, but it seems to only happen with my RK, the shiny coating has worn off, and its a bronze colour metal underneath hope its not radio active :)

Sep 28, 2019 - 12:28:43 AM
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610 posts since 6/25/2006

Yes, I have the same issue. I use brass fingerpicks and have non-nickel armrests on all my banjos: chrome, wooden and a banjo-mate thinline one. I think chrome ones are relatively inexpensive.

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