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Feb 25, 2020 - 9:00:45 AM
31 posts since 2/16/2020

I opened a new post to expand on an earlier topic on chinese pots. I got some good feedback from members and have heeded your warnings. I'm still looking for an inexpensive folk pot for my stew mac neck: $100 range. Again, I'm looking for something pretty basic and plunky (I might even string it with nylon strings if the sound is too harsh for my ears). Curious about your opinions about pots without metal tone rings (just head sitting on wood rim).

I found a couple damaged RKO-3S banjos on ebay (I think RK's entry model open back, Dirty 30 runs about $200 new). I can't find the dimensions of the pot and want to know if it is at least 2.5" deep so any knowledge of that would be helpful. Any opinions about that particular model?

Robert

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Feb 25, 2020 - 9:41:13 AM
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Mooooo

USA

7614 posts since 8/20/2016

Do you have the hardware or do you want the whole pot assembly for $100? That would be pushing it. Think about a rolled brass tonering. StewMac has one for less than $50. You can make it plunky and still get some volume.

Edited by - Mooooo on 02/25/2020 09:43:52

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:54:24 AM

10532 posts since 6/2/2008

Look at the picture of the Dirty Thirties banjo on the RK website: recordingking.com/rkh3s

The bottom of the rim extends a bit below the bottom of the heel. Top of the rim is the bearing surface for the head. The neck is typical dimensions. What can you assume about rim height from that information?

Pretty sure it's a thin, multi-ply rim. But possibly better than most of what you might find on eBay.

For experience-based insight into the dimensions and quality of this model, paging RioStat I believe he has bought second/dinged/broken Dirty Thirties from the same merchant for parts to go into other projects.

Feb 25, 2020 - 11:37:45 AM
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RioStat

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5142 posts since 10/12/2009

Old Hickory is correct....I've bought, used numerous parts from some of the various Recording King banjos, from one particular ebay seller, that always seems to have used and damaged RK's for sale.

I have one of the RKO-3S banjo pots sitting at home, right now. It is a very thin, multi-ply pot with only 16 shoe brackets and the cheapest-of-the-cheap Asian hooks and nuts on it.

Not only will I measure the height of the pot this evening, and post the measurements, in this thread, rkdjones, I'll give you this pot for the price of shipping it to you, if you'd like to give it a whirl !

There are several much better pots for sale on ebay right now...just search "banjo pot" on ebay. Don't count out older, vintage pots......

As mentioned, you'd probably want at least a brass ring on top of the rim, you don't necassarily need a full-blown, heavy-weight tone ring.

Feb 25, 2020 - 1:03:30 PM

31 posts since 2/16/2020

RioStat,
A kind offer indeed. And one that I would like to take you up on. You can email me at rkdjones@gmail.com.

A little more background:
The StewMac kit had the neck bolted without a coordinator rod to the aluminum rim (thick and very heavy). I picked up an ebay pot years ago which is 1/2" thick, and 2.25" deep (not quite deep enough for the heel of my neck). I have serviceable parts from that pot to put on another rim.

My cheap ebay pot doesn't cut it. I can bend notes with just a little pressure on the arm rest (not a good thing), but in fairness I know I didn't put the coordinator rod in properly. I went to Guitar Center and looked at a new RKO-3S banjo. The Pot is deep enough, and the rim is quite thin at 7/16". And there is no tone ring but the tone is probably good enough for what I want right now. I can also bend notes by pressing on the arm rest position, but not quite as easily as my older ebay pot.

Feb 25, 2020 - 1:30:35 PM

10532 posts since 6/2/2008

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Originally posted by RioStat

I have one of the RKO-3S banjo pots sitting at home, right now. It is a very thin, multi-ply pot with only 16 shoe brackets and the cheapest-of-the-cheap Asian hooks and nuts on it.


So it's no better than the cheapies. I'll remember that for future reference.

It is RK's entry-level instrument, after all.  And as I've said in other discussions, there are reasons why these banjos cost as little as they do.

Feb 25, 2020 - 4:06:20 PM
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RioStat

USA

5142 posts since 10/12/2009

quote:
Originally posted by Old Hickory
quote:
Originally posted by RioStat

I have one of the RKO-3S banjo pots sitting at home, right now. It is a very thin, multi-ply pot with only 16 shoe brackets and the cheapest-of-the-cheap Asian hooks and nuts on it.


So it's no better than the cheapies. I'll remember that for future reference.

It is RK's entry-level instrument, after all.  And as I've said in other discussions, there are reasons why these banjos cost as little as they do.


Hey Ken, its the RKO-25's, which are part of the RK Madison family, that have the nice 3 ply and 2 ply maple rims, and quality hardware.

Feb 25, 2020 - 4:10:01 PM
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RioStat

USA

5142 posts since 10/12/2009

Rkdjones... the RK rim / pot i have is 2.65" deep, and has either a Fyberskin or Renaissance head on it.

I've sent you a PM.

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