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Jul 11, 2020 - 11:53:53 AM
13 posts since 12/2/2019

My armrest sits against the tension hoop, should I change it's position? I had a thought that maybe the armrest touching the hoop causes problems with the resonance.

I also noticed that if i flick the armrest with my nail, it makes an ugly, dull, bell-like sound. Is this a problem?  After all it won't (hopefully) make that sound as I play since my arm is constantly against the rest.

Edited by - JJJJonas on 07/11/2020 11:58:44

Jul 11, 2020 - 12:04:28 PM

13115 posts since 10/30/2008

On an arch top banjo it is "possible" for the armrest to set so low that it touches the plastic/skin head. This is not good.

Other than that, there is no harm in having the armrest higher than the tension hoop, at whatever level is comfortable for you.

Personally I would not want the armrest underside resting on the top of the tension hoop, due to potential for any buzzing. Buzzing can be the BANE of banjo pickers.

All armrests make some sort of a tone when struck. That's something you learn to adjust for when listening to the tap tone of your head. Tailpiece makes a tone also. If you're holding the banjo flat on a table or in your lap, you have to "mute" the tailpiece and armrest with your right forearm, so you can hear the tap tone of the head only.

Jul 11, 2020 - 12:33:31 PM

LzChase

Sweden

99 posts since 10/30/2019

quote:
Originally posted by The Old Timer

On an arch top banjo it is "possible" for the armrest to set so low that it touches the plastic/skin head. This is not good.

Other than that, there is no harm in having the armrest higher than the tension hoop, at whatever level is comfortable for you.

Personally I would not want the armrest underside resting on the top of the tension hoop, due to potential for any buzzing. Buzzing can be the BANE of banjo pickers.

All armrests make some sort of a tone when struck. That's something you learn to adjust for when listening to the tap tone of your head. Tailpiece makes a tone also. If you're holding the banjo flat on a table or in your lap, you have to "mute" the tailpiece and armrest with your right forearm, so you can hear the tap tone of the head only.


Interesting topic, but resting against the top of the tension hoop is exactly what my armrest has always been doing. I've never had a buzzing issue with it, but now that I see this thread, I wonder if it could be damping the sound as my arm rests against the armrest, which in turn sits against the top of the hoop.

Jul 11, 2020 - 12:52:12 PM

13115 posts since 10/30/2008

Personally I don't think any sound is dampened by the armrest touching the tension hoop, as long as it doesn't also lay on the head.

Jul 11, 2020 - 1:01:03 PM

2416 posts since 3/30/2008

The armrest should be adjusted for comfort & ergonomics, according to your playing style. You might consider putting a piece of felt between the armrest & hoop if it touches. (I don't think the armrest should ever touch the head).

Jul 11, 2020 - 1:59:48 PM
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beegee

USA

21760 posts since 7/6/2005

I raise my armrests as high as I can above the tension hoop to aid in wrist-arch, which aids in economy of motion in the picking fingers.

Edited by - beegee on 07/11/2020 14:00:03

Jul 11, 2020 - 9:06:04 PM

3193 posts since 5/29/2011

Armrest height is a matter of personal preference. As previously mentioned it has the possibility of causing a buzz if it touches the head. I set my armrest so the bottom of the attachment bracket is level with the bottom of the tone ring skirt. That sets it about 1/4" above the tension hoop because that is where it is confortable to me. Some people, like Bob, like it higher, some people like it as low as it will go. Find out where it suits you best. There is no absolute right or wrong.

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