Hello friends. So, I've been wanting to get out of the habit of attaching my banjo straps to the tension hooks, and while perusing strap buttons on the interwebs, I came across these: jimdunlop.com/products/accesso...retainer/ . The long and short of it is that there is an assembly that sandwiches around your strap (through the button-hole) that "locks" in to the button that is mounted on your banjo. To release, you push a button on the back of the assembly and voila, you're strap is free. They come in brass as well, which goes with my hardware. Instead of mounting the buttons by drilling in to my rim with the accompanying wood screws, I am planning on going through the rim (and bracket band) with some 6-32 flathead screws, with nuts and washers on the inside of the rim to secure them. Two questions: 1) where on my rim would you recommend attaching the two buttons (I've played around with the strap ends on hooks in different positions, but, seeing as how I want the least amount of holes in my rim/bracket band, I'd like to get it right the first time); 2) has anyone else used straploks (on their banjo or otherwise) who can chime in on their functionality? Thanks
There is considerable discussion on BHO about straplocks. Do a search on 'straplock'. Some of the entries are missing photos since they are archived. You might also contact Rudy (Randy Cordle). I know he uses straplocks and he has been involved in many of the discussions on here.
I have attached straps to brackets for more than 45 years and never had one fail. I am not so sure I would trust the strap locks any better. I have seen what happens with straps that had quick detatch devices on them and it was not a pretty sight when they came loose. If I had doubts about attaching the strap to the brackets I would go with a cradle strap.
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