Stelling has videos on how-to, and I tried to center my hoop over the rim holes, and then put it together. Sadly. the alignment with the fingerboard was not good enough. Is there a more precise way to align the hoop, before putting on the hooks, and the neck? I have to do it again, anyway, because the head I bought has a (too) low crown. I wanted a black head, but now I want a clear one (preference) on my cream puff Masterbilt.
Edited by - Banjogospelplayer on 10/09/2019 19:37:03
Installing the correct sized head with the correct crown height should not a problem. Even less to the tension band. It should fit straight on the head and if it has a cutout for the neck then that should align up no probs. You should not try and put all the hooks on at once. Start with two either side of the neck then two either side of where the tailpiece should be. Tighten these up just finger tight and keep an eye on the alignment. Ad some more hooks and nuts at different spacings around. The tension band should stay in place evenly in reference to the neck. Add the rest of the hooks/nuts. The trick with tightening the head is to keep it even all the way round. Watch the space between the head and the top of the tension band. This should be even. The nuts should be finger tight all the way round. Then use your nut wrench and tighten the fist nut (either one on side of the neck 1/4 turn. Tighten the one directly opposite at the rear of the banjo the same. Do this for all nuts. Then go round them again in the same way keeping your eye on the level of the tension band. You get the drift. Hope it helps.
Thanks, I met someone from Australia 6 weeks ago at the IndyCar race in Portland Oregon, where Australian, Will Power won.
Australia is not New Zealand.
Center the hoop and flange using the heel as a guide.
Get the neck notch edges of the hoop to show the same amount of neck/binding reveal on the 5th and 1st sides of the neck and the flange notch looking the same on either side of the heel,if I understand your question.
The final test is that the tailpiece is centered between the hoop notches with the 3rd string straight through the bridge and mounting bolt perpendicular.
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