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Nechville armrests compared to Deering Wooden armrests...

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Jul 6, 2020 - 10:15:05 AM
182 posts since 1/6/2004

I'm wondering if anyone here has put one of the new Deering wood armrests on their banjo and if they're as comfortable and contoured as the Nechville armrests? I currently have a Nechville armrest on both of my banjo's but one of my banjo's is grey so I was thinking of getting one of the Deering wood armrests in a grayish black color to match that banjo. Just wondering if anyone done a comparison between the two, on the build and feel.

Thanks,

Debbie

Jul 6, 2020 - 11:33:02 AM
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1658 posts since 2/21/2011

I have both Deering wood armrest (i.e., a typical metal armrest with a wood "topper") and the Nechville Comfort Bevel armrest installed on my banjos, in fact, I have SEVERAL of the Nechville variety.  If you're going for straight-up looks, then Deering might be your choice of poison -- it's hard to beat all the varying options of wood when coupled with the different types of strain they offer.  On the other hand, if comfort is your main concern, look no further than Nechville:  it's been my number-one choice of armrest for almost a decade.

Edited by - Stu D Baker-Hawk on 07/06/2020 11:34:17

Jul 6, 2020 - 11:39:13 AM

609 posts since 11/21/2018

Will either work with a top tension banjo? TT folks need a wooden version with access holes for the adjustment key and no one seems to be making one. One company has a quick removal version but that partly defeats the purpose. Anyone know of a source?
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Jul 6, 2020 - 11:39:32 AM
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Debbiej

USA

182 posts since 1/6/2004

Thanks Dean, that's exactly what I needed to know. Comfort is my main concern and since I've had Nechville armrests on all my banjos I prefer the feeling of that style armrest. Oh, well so I have a brown armrest with a Grey banjo but I have the comfort.

thanks again,

Debbie

Jul 6, 2020 - 1:13:42 PM
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deadwud

USA

146 posts since 4/14/2020

quote:
Originally posted by Debbiej

Thanks Dean, that's exactly what I needed to know. Comfort is my main concern and since I've had Nechville armrests on all my banjos I prefer the feeling of that style armrest. Oh, well so I have a brown armrest with a Grey banjo but I have the comfort.

thanks again,

Debbie


Debbie, I believe Nechville makes all of theirs to order anyway. They may have some wood around that you'd like. I'd check with Tom.

Edited by - deadwud on 07/06/2020 13:14:04

Jul 6, 2020 - 3:21:42 PM

174 posts since 6/25/2016

There's a third option you might want to look at - the Dr Arm one.  I wrote a review comparing it to the Nechville, which I also have.  You can read it here.  Long story short, they're both beautiful and comfortable, the Dr Arm has more choice of wood / color and is very slightly more gradually sloped.  However, although they attach in the same way, they fit a bit differently - details in the review.  They're both wonderful.  I have never seen or used the Deering.

Jul 6, 2020 - 5:49:20 PM

554 posts since 1/28/2013

I had a banjolit armrest one of my banjos, but I ordered a Nechville for the other one. I returned the Nechville, and bought another banjolit. I will not consider anything other than a banjo lit wooden armrest.

Jul 6, 2020 - 6:25:39 PM

Debbiej

USA

182 posts since 1/6/2004

Hi Jan, regarding the banjo lit vs. the Nechville armrest, what is it you liked on the Banjolit that made you send the Nechville back? It looks like they attach the same way. The Banjolit does come in the color I'm looking for. Just curious why you went with Banjolit.

thanks,

Debbie

Jul 14, 2020 - 2:12:39 PM

4165 posts since 6/15/2005

I have a Nechville armrest and a Banjolit armrest, and while I like and use them both, I find the Banjolit a bit more comfortable because its slope is more gentle. It also seems more stable than the Nechville (and the standard metal armrest, too, for that matter) because it has cutouts on the back which fit securely over the hooks (otherwise the two armrests attach in essentially the same way). Esthetically, I think the Banjolit looks a little sleeker than the Nechville.

Jul 15, 2020 - 11:36:05 AM

19 posts since 8/20/2014

There are two reasons why Nechville armrests don't have the color choices that others do.

-Exotic hardwoods do not require stains and finishes that will eventually become sticky and/or rub off (especially if you sweat while playing).

-The exotic hardwoods (grenadillo, etc.) used have about twice the density of domestic woods (like maple and mahogany), making them much more durable.

Jul 17, 2020 - 10:38:28 AM

370 posts since 9/8/2005

Hey Debbie, as My custom shop gets underway In Oregon, we will be offering a wider selection of options, wood choices and stains as well. So please contact me directly if any of you are looking for special wood and such. I currently have a line on some totally amazing curly walnut that will blow you away. 

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