I've never had to change strings on my 5 string, so this is all new to me. I'm not questioning having to change, I just thought things would slowly get wacky, not this way.
I was outside playing last eve. when in the middle of a roll I sounded.....bad. I tried to adjust by ear, no luck. Got my tuner, everything was so wacky that I thought it was the batteries. Put in new batteries and found my #2 string was a perfect duplicate of the #1 string.
So now as soon as I can find my extra strings I'll learn how to put them on, no big deal. I'm just curious, is this how these things happen?
I experience much the same thing when strings get old. They seem like they get too stretchy or Elastic or something and become impossible to tune. (Not that a banjo is all that east to tune to begin with :) I experience this more on my guitars than I do on my banjo, because I'm forever tinkering with different types of banjo strings and change them more often.
It's good to check for loose parts as well, like tuner screws, tail piece connection, neck-heel connection--be sure things are snug and not slipping or wobbly. (don't over-tighten)
Tuner screws on my 5 year old banjo are starting to spontaneously loosen. This allows the strings to go flat as they unwind. Waverly tuners. I keep a small screwdriver handy to snug them up again.
I would suspect a loose tuning machine, or too few turns of the string around the peg for holding it.
Thanks everyone. Everything seems to be up to snuff, except my b string is now a d string. No matter what I do it registers on the tuner as a d. I misplaced the spares that came with the banjo, so I'm awaiting new ones from Ross Nikerson in the next 2 days.
I looked in all the obvious places, 3 different tackle boxes and 2 emergency ostomy supply bags. Where else could they possibly be?
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