I have a banjo that has been greatly modified it began as an RP 100 from the mid to late 60s. It had a random change out before I acquired it. It looks to be a nice three-piece five eights inch brown with a flat head It looks to be a nice three-piece five eights inch brown with a flat head count Both of unknown origin. It has approved. It has a pre-EOA head that has lost a lot of frosting from pinky drag. It is bright and strong sounding.
I had Ron Coleman build an RB 150 Bow Tie neck.
The head is currently set at around 90-91 on drum dial, window pane tail piece about 1/4 “ off the head, American Banjo strings 10’s and a Sullivan Old Growth 5/8 bridge.
The resonator is the original withe the short L bracket leaving about 1/8-1/16th of the resonator above the flange.
I would you like to get a good little darker sound since I play a lot of clawhammer style.
I was thinking of putting on a new ANB head any other adjustments to the set up that you would recommend?
Slack the head off a little.
Will try that before head change. What about a heavier bridge.
I suspect a heavier bridge will naturally change the sound somewhat - (IF it is heavier than the one on it now) all other things being equal, what you may actually find is that it helps reduce any clanginess and/or overtones. may provide a dab more "solidness" sounding thing, and perhaps add a bit of clearness or clarity; volume may or may not change. so all in all, it may not actually be what you are looking for. As one fellow who replied suggested, probably the best first bet is to lighten the head tension a bit, and also be sure the tailpiece is not cranked down, use just enough pressure there to keep the strings and bridge in place.
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