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Help getting this old Lyon & Healy up and running?

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Jun 3, 2020 - 2:31:28 PM



14 posts since 1/2/2008

I've got this old Lyon and Healy that has seen better days. It needs a tension hoop, a head, a tailpiece, and hooks. I am not really sure where to even start looking for this stuff. I am not super concerned with finding original parts, I would just like to get it working again. It is also going to need some work on the neck - it was pretty badly mangled by some one at some point.

Any advice on where to start looking for parts, and what exactly I need? I believe the pot to be 11" if i measure from the outside edge. I can take more pictures of specific things if it's helpful.

Thanks everyone.


Jun 3, 2020 - 4:55:58 PM



3 posts since 10/24/2019

You could always start at StewMac.

Jun 3, 2020 - 5:23:12 PM

54845 posts since 12/14/2005

Is important?
If not, you can make a perfectly functioning tension hoop out of a strip of hardware store aluminum.
OR brass.

Any head I can't EASILY find, I contact BHO member Bob Smakula at

Jun 3, 2020 - 7:56:20 PM

7253 posts since 8/28/2013

Bob Smakula is a good source for many parts, including some some vintage items.

It would be good if you posted a photo of the neck showing just where and how it has been mangled, so that members can perhaps offer advice on that.

Make sure to very carefully measure the rim. Many old rims become egg-shaped, so you need to measure in several places and average that, or measure the rim's circumference and divide that measurement by 3.1415 to determine the exact diameter.

Jun 4, 2020 - 4:18:46 AM

2199 posts since 4/7/2010

I do not have original parts for that banjo. As this is a low end banjo, not requiring original parts keep its value, new parts will be fine. Since Josh is from Canada, I'll recommend he get parts from Rickard banjos.

Bob Smakula

Jun 4, 2020 - 8:54:49 AM

301 posts since 4/3/2012

It looks like you need a head, tension hoop, hooks/nuts, tailpiece, bridge, strings. Also some way to make the rim and neck attach (could be a simple wedge or other method). Maybe tuners?

For head and tension hoop, you need to take careful measurement of the rim. If standard size, you can get parts from various sources. You might be able to get a set of old hooks and other parts on eBay. Rickard has high quality parts (not cheap). You might need to source parts from various places, depending on your budget and what quality you want.

Edited by - banjopickingman on 06/04/2020 08:58:36

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