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Mar 26, 2020 - 4:00:49 PM
82 posts since 8/13/2017

I don't know if I'm just being dim or not but I can't get my tailpiece off the head by more than a smidgeon. Its sitting as far up as I can get it by loosening the screw at the end of the co rod and still its almost touching the head.

I want to move it higher. Can anyone suggest who I'm doing wrong?


Mar 26, 2020 - 4:05:27 PM



9358 posts since 1/22/2003

Loosen your strings, and then pull it higher…

Mar 26, 2020 - 5:59:18 PM

82 posts since 8/13/2017

I did that but the problem is I can't slide the tailpiece up any further because the screw the slot slides on is right at the bottom of the slot. it wouldn't slide any further even if I took the strings off

Mar 26, 2020 - 7:28:05 PM
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5140 posts since 10/12/2009

What "slot" ?

Post a couple photos

Mar 27, 2020 - 5:55:19 AM

bill t


207 posts since 12/14/2012

I had a Deering Goodtime some years back and as I remember the banjo's construction,
there isn't much adjustment in the tailpiece. If the tailpiece is slid up in the slot, relative
to the banjo head, as high as it'll go, there isn't more you can do there. If the tailpiece is still
too low, pretty much right down on the head, you may have to take the tailpiece off the
banjo and carefully bend the tailpiece to get if up higher in relationship to the head.
A picture of the tailpiece on the banjo would help.

Mar 28, 2020 - 3:57:28 AM

82 posts since 8/13/2017

Thank you all for your responses. Ive decided I'm going to change the tailpiece for a no knot and see how it goes. I might even change the head ro a renaissance while I'm at it. I'm not very handy but have time on my hands due to isolating here in the UK.

Standby for a series of posts looking for advice then asking what to do when I mess it up ;-)

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:39:01 AM

bill t


207 posts since 12/14/2012

If you put a No Knot tailpiece on the Goodtime, you will need to get an "L" bracket to put on the banjo for the bolt on the
No Knot tailpiece to hook to. Then you're going to have that "L" bracket sticking out a little on the banjo. Do you have the
parts that you're talking about adding, the No Knot tailpiece, the Renaissance head and the "L" bracket? If not, I don't know
how available banjo parts are right now with so many shops closed. I still like the idea of bending the tailpiece slightly, if
that's what it takes, to get the tailpiece off the head. If that works, then you've got a playable banjo right now and you can
use the time on your hands to play the banjo. You can always switch parts later. Just my opinion for what it's worth.

Mar 29, 2020 - 4:24:36 PM

16 posts since 10/11/2017

Yes I noticed the lack of adjustability in the Goodtime tailpiece. I found the Pisgah hawk tail tailpiece is just great. Yes you need an L bracket and the swap out was pretty simple. Good luck

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:36:49 PM

82 posts since 8/13/2017

Thank you. Would I still need an L bracket if I used the Deering knot less tailpiece? It looks like it should fit straight off.

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