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Dec 3, 2019 - 1:03:45 PM
43 posts since 12/14/2012

I have recently fitted a "hot dog" arm rest to a Godl Tone BC 350. It looks really cool (though no longer fits the case!), but I notice after playing Clawhammer for half an hour the circulation in my wrist was getting cut off. Is this inherent to the armrest (it does have a bit of an edge) or my playing technique? It felt very comfortable as a playng action (it is more raised than standard rests) but I then noticed the substantial ache! Any thoughts?

Dec 3, 2019 - 1:20:53 PM
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rudy

USA

14651 posts since 3/27/2004

I prefer armrests that are wide and rounded.  All of them I've run across are either too narrow, too thick, or have too much of a square edge that hurts my playing arm.  I ended up just making my own and fit them to every banjo that I end up making.

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Dec 3, 2019 - 1:49:41 PM

SBPARK

USA

330 posts since 2/25/2011

I personally prefer a polish sausage arm rest. Not completely straight like the hot dog arm rest, but less curve than a traditional arm rest.

Dec 3, 2019 - 1:53:15 PM
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rudy

USA

14651 posts since 3/27/2004

Another point about the Vega-style rests is they often stick up WAY too high.  In the past I've drilled new holes to mount them as low as possible, barely clearing the top of the tension band.  That was better than the high mounting, but not nearly as comfortable as just making my own.

Dec 3, 2019 - 2:11:43 PM
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43 posts since 12/14/2012

Hi,
Thanks for the responses. I think making my own is beyond my skill set - but will give it some thought. I must check out the 'polish sausage' - a new one to me. Cheers.

Dec 3, 2019 - 4:47:51 PM

1962 posts since 4/7/2010

A couple of complaints I have had concerning Gold Tone's "hotdog" armrest;

First, it is not a "hotdog" shape. It just a bent piece of rectangular stock. Vintage hotdog banjo armrests actually look like a sausage.

Second, the edges of the armrest they call "hotdog" are sharp and very uncomfortable.

Bob Smakula

Dec 3, 2019 - 7:19:17 PM

beegee

USA

21389 posts since 7/6/2005

walter Hensley used a Paramount hot dog on his banjo.

Dec 4, 2019 - 12:34:30 PM

43 posts since 12/14/2012

Thanks again,
I do agree it dosn't look like a "hot dog" as it isn't rounded. I shall be on the look out for a vintage example - is Paramount just one version? I don't expect it will be easy.
In the meantime, I may find something I can slip over it when in use - rubber or foam - after all, when I rest my arm on it my clothes are touching the metal, so to put say, a piece of rubber tubing over it shouldn't stifle the sound any more than a sweater does (I am thinking).

Dec 4, 2019 - 5:09:45 PM

DSmoke

USA

741 posts since 11/30/2015

I didn't know Gold Tone manufacturers one similar to the early Paramount armrest. The later Paramount (Lange) armrest that actually looks like a hot dog are what I think of when calling one a hot dog armest. As for the later hot dog shaped one, they do stand high above the head and for flat picking near the bridge puts your wrist in a very uncomfortable position. I usually remove them and put them in the case for safe keeping and put a generic mastertone style on.

Dec 4, 2019 - 5:12:24 PM
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933 posts since 11/17/2018

The BanjoMate Thinline Armrest is popular, but a little pricey.

littlemountainmusic.com/banjom...rmrest-1/

Dec 4, 2019 - 9:27:13 PM
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580 posts since 1/27/2005

Just finished this one today.
Curly Maple stained dark.


Dec 5, 2019 - 11:36:20 AM

43 posts since 12/14/2012

quote:
Originally posted by bluegrassjunkie

Just finished this one today.
Curly Maple stained dark.


That is a really attractive piece. I'm wondering if I can produce something similar that I can fix the the top of the present armrest - understanding of course that I can't expect to attain such a standard of workmanship as this - but feeling inspired to have a go at something similar.

Dec 5, 2019 - 12:04:27 PM

580 posts since 1/27/2005

Absolutley!! Just find a nice piece of hardwood and shape it the way you like it.
It could have a channel carved in the bottom so you can epoxy it to your existing armrest.
Best regards
Doug

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