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Feb 21, 2020 - 5:17:14 PM

Bribak

USA

489 posts since 8/18/2010

Hello all. Quick question: Iā€™m about to receive a 1925 Gibson Ball bearing tenor banjo. I know they are not as heavy as full flat head tone ring banjos. Still, can I trust two 95-year-old flat bracket hooks in a grooved tension hoop to support the weight of the banjo? The kind of strap I usually use just attaches at two different bracket hooks. Should I look into a cradle strap instead?
Thanks, Brian

Feb 21, 2020 - 5:44:47 PM
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beegee

USA

21530 posts since 7/6/2005

I stopped using cradle straps. The hooks on a 25 BB should be adequate for strap attachment. I use leather tabs with Chicago screws to attach my strap on my 28 Granada. The strap is a Walmart belt 3x, size.

Feb 21, 2020 - 6:37:22 PM

Bribak

USA

489 posts since 8/18/2010

quote:
Originally posted by beegee

I stopped using cradle straps. The hooks on a 25 BB should be adequate for strap attachment. I use leather tabs with Chicago screws to attach my strap on my 28 Granada. The strap is a Walmart belt 3x, size.


Thanks Bob. I appreciate your response.

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:35:28 PM
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12655 posts since 10/30/2008

I've been directly connected to the flat hooks on my 1926 Granada since 1978 with no failures. First with snap hook, then later with sewn loop (Huber style) leather. Just make sure the tension hook is tight!

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:50:10 PM

1072 posts since 8/7/2017

If you are worried about your hooks popping off, you could run a nylon cord around the periphery of your pot, under the hooks. Then attach your strap ends to the nylon cord. If a hook next to the two attachment points popped off, the banjo would still be supported by the cord.

Now if the hooks all peeled off in an unzippering, you'd be in trouble...but that would take some time, and you could grab the neck and pot before they all peeled off, I think.

The hooks adjacent to the 2 strap-to-nylon cord knots would not bear the weight of the banjo, but there would be likely be some side force on the hook - which is why it still might pop. Careful positioning of the knots could make a setup where there is no force on the hook, but that would take some trial&error testing. It would also require you to do something to keep the nylon cord from slipping around the pot - which I'll leave to your ingenuity. One idea: there is a point on the cord where the tension to the right is equal to the tension to the left. If you wrapped the cord a couple times around the nearest hook, there would be very little side force on that hook.

Hope this helps.

Edited by - BrooksMT on 02/21/2020 19:51:52

Feb 21, 2020 - 8:15:42 PM

1072 posts since 8/7/2017

Ha, Steve Davis has a better idea, and photos to go along with it :-) Check out his post on this thread:

banjohangout.org/topic/361323

Feb 22, 2020 - 6:12:32 AM

Bribak

USA

489 posts since 8/18/2010

Thank you all! Some really great suggestions. I will have to do some thinking and experimenting with these ideas. That link to the other posting also had some terrific solutions. 99% of my playing is done sitting down and the strap mostly just keeps the banjo in proper playing position. But I am concerned with even carrying it to and from the case. Thanks again to everyone.

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