Is there a standard method for repairing a lip like this? It's apparent that some form of binding used to be around this edge of my resonator. A .25"x.060" binding fills the edge nicely, but leaves the top edge exposed. I feel like I want to have an L-shaped binding that fills the old channel and wraps around that top lip, but I can't find such a thing.
It occurs to me that I could put a tall edge binding in the outer channel and then install a purfling interior to that to cover the top edge, but that seems roundabout and error prone.
The top edge is not usually covered, although I have seen something like purfling on a 70's Conqueror bottle cap banjo.
The top edge is usually just finished to match the inside of the resonator.
Edited by - beegee on 07/02/2020 06:47:43
If you want your resonator to look like a cheap Asian bottlecap, go for the purfling!
No Asian bottlecap for me ... it's a 1928 Banner Blue. Not a collector's item, but I want it to be nice.
So for the chips and gouges in that lip, I either wear them as battlescars, or build it up with thin wood. Battlescars is the probably the best choice.
A quick examination shows me that the only spot beyond my skills to refinish well will be completely obscured by the armrest, to I'm just going to concentrate on getting that edge stained and finished to match the body. Standard B/W binding along the edge to complement the existing bindings.
I hope that I didn't offend you with my earlier comment. It was kidding around, and sometiomes that doesn't work, particularly on the internet.
I think you are on the right track by simply doing what you propose. The "Banner Blue" is not a particularly collectible banjo, and if there's a flaw that doesn't show, it should be okay. A decent finish and some ordinary binding would certainly be the way I'd go. The one Banner Blue I had, I didn't do much of anything besides a new head and strings.
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