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Dec 5, 2019 - 5:11:29 PM



20 posts since 12/29/2012

I’m having a mandolin banjo made for me, based on a Weymann pot I have.

I’m looking for a usable tailpiece. Not surprisingly, there doesn’t seem to be any new production. Vintage pieces seem to often use variations of the mandolin ‘cloud’ tailpiece, but I have found no photos which clearly show how this was attached to the pot.

In a pinch I suppose I can use a no-knot and double up on the strings. Or really any tailpiece, once I decide to double up. But I was hoping someone could recommend a more elegant solution.

Why a new instrument when there are plenty of vintage examples out there? Well, first, I’m in Europe, so high-quality examples are few and far between. Second, it seems the string tension on these instruments was often underestimated and neck issues are common. With a new neck I get a truss rod (for example) and co-rod attachment. Third, the decoration will match my 5-string. This last is critically important, of course.

I’d be thankfully for any and all tips.


Dec 5, 2019 - 5:23:26 PM
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2010 posts since 4/7/2010

I use No-Knot tailpieces for Mando banjos and put 2 strings on one lug. If my No-Knot is a 5-string tailpiece, I don't use the middle lug.

Bob Smakula

Dec 5, 2019 - 7:21:53 PM

53239 posts since 12/14/2005

I saw the topic title, and was going to jump right in and suggest you contact Bob Smakula.
Then I noticed he'd already leapt to your assistance.

Dec 6, 2019 - 2:01:20 AM



20 posts since 12/29/2012

Thanks Bob, it looks like a no-knot is the standard solution, and one Gold Tone seems to use on theirs. I’ll just take the easy route.


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