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Aug 4, 2020 - 7:51:32 AM
64 posts since 7/9/2014

Hey guy and gals,
I bought a strap off Amazon the other day, and it has big metal clips on the end and they rub on the resonator. I am certain this will lead to some wear, and want to know if anyone has made the mistake of buying this type of strap, and what your solution was? I was considering using some nylon chord and tying it to the instrument. Should I just buy another strap? If so, recommendations?
I apologize for the post if it's been covered before, the forum doesn't seem to have a search function that I could find on my mobile phones browser.

Edited by - Whistle Punk on 08/04/2020 07:53:44

Aug 4, 2020 - 8:07:17 AM

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If it is the kind with metal loops that clip on, it will also damage any finish on your hooks and flange. Amazon is good about returns. I would take advantage of that. There are similar models with nylon hooks, but much better systems available (Chicago screws, cradle). Check in classifieds under Accessories. People dump used straps all the time that have plenty of life in them.

Aug 4, 2020 - 8:12:03 AM

64 posts since 7/9/2014

Thanks, didn't even consider it damaging the plating....

Aug 4, 2020 - 8:20:35 AM
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KCJones

USA

891 posts since 8/30/2012

I had this issue with a strap I got for Christmas once, it was actually a guitar strap.

I Cut the metal strips off, string some nylon cord through the strap, and then thread it around the pot to make a cradle strap. Works great.

Aug 4, 2020 - 9:00:27 AM

3290 posts since 5/29/2011

If a regular banjo strap is too pricey, as they often are, you can get a nylon guitar strap and add these to make it fit the hooks on a banjo. I have taken mandolin straps and done the same thing. They are available on eBay for $5.99. Called an LM guitar strap converter.


 

Edited by - Culloden on 08/04/2020 09:01:46

Aug 4, 2020 - 9:00:29 AM

BobbyE

USA

2756 posts since 11/29/2007

If it is a valuable instrument don't use them. If not, your choice. The best straps for banjo options are those made especially for banjos that you don't want damaged. Just because a site says 'banjo straps,' is not necessarily so. Go to the sites that cater to banjos and their players. I imagine there are even some lesser priced ones that won't damage your banjo, and of course, those that are expensive should never damage your banjo. Also beside damage, those cheaper straps are usually very unfriendly as to use as they do not balance the weight of a heavier banjo very well. Just an observation from experience.

Bobby

Aug 4, 2020 - 9:02:47 AM
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Blackjaxe47

Canada

1552 posts since 6/20/2014

Remove the metal clips punch a couple of holes through the remaining leather strap and use Nylon Parachute Cord or Heavy Shoelaces to tie around the hook closest to the neck and depending on the length of the strap somewhere around the tailpiece. I did that with a old guitar strap and it has held up for years. Just make sure your knots are really tight, you can put a drop of Crazy Glue on the knot to keep it from coming loose.

Edited by - Blackjaxe47 on 08/04/2020 09:04:20

Aug 4, 2020 - 9:05:53 AM

kamal

USA

2 posts since 6/16/2020

Fashion protective fabric covers -- a cloth tube with elastic bands at both ends -- to fit over the strap clips.  (You or your neighbor probably already has the cloth, elastic, and sewing machine at the ready, right!?)

My wife made me a pair (one for each side of the strap).  Works like a charm!


Edited by - kamal on 08/04/2020 09:08:55

Aug 4, 2020 - 10:05:33 AM

270 posts since 4/14/2017

Cradle strap is always the way to go, no metal to damage the hooks or scratch anything. I mean, everything.

Aug 4, 2020 - 12:08:34 PM
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5736 posts since 9/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by stelldeergibber

Cradle strap is always the way to go, no metal to damage the hooks or scratch anything. I mean, everything.


agree... been using cradles for 40 years ,,,best thing to do

Aug 4, 2020 - 5:47:41 PM
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Banjo Lefty

Canada

1976 posts since 6/19/2014

Lakota Leathers. Best cradle straps, nice and soft, no metal.

Aug 5, 2020 - 12:27:32 PM

64 posts since 7/9/2014

I returned the Amazon strap and ordered a Morgan Monroe leather strap. Thanks for the advice fellas.

Aug 5, 2020 - 12:29:11 PM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

341 posts since 8/9/2019

quote:
Originally posted by stelldeergibber

Cradle strap is always the way to go, no metal to damage the hooks or scratch anything. I mean, everything.


I still can't understand why a lot of people consider cradles to be a thing of the past. Best resonator banjo strap design, imo. 

Aug 6, 2020 - 11:30:29 AM

2574 posts since 4/16/2003

OP wrote:
"I am certain this will lead to some wear, and want to know if anyone has made the mistake of buying this type of strap, and what your solution was?"

The solution is simple:
Buy another strap that won't damage the resonator.
(end of simple solution...)

Aug 8, 2020 - 12:25:49 PM

64 posts since 7/9/2014

Just got my Morgan Monroe cradle strap. My banjo, The Recording King Songster has strange lugs that semi block the straps from going through. I managed, but couldn't do the bottom properly by feeding one strap under the other due to barely being able to get one through. Ya think this would have been a consideration when designing this particular lug.

Aug 8, 2020 - 1:30:21 PM

55 posts since 12/3/2017

quote:
Originally posted by Whistle Punk

Just got my Morgan Monroe cradle strap. My banjo, The Recording King Songster has strange lugs that semi block the straps from going through. I managed, but couldn't do the bottom properly by feeding one strap under the other due to barely being able to get one through. Ya think this would have been a consideration when designing this particular lug.


I believe cradle straps only work on Gibson or Gibson replica style banjos where the hooks go from the tension hoop right to the flange. The owner of Lakota straps told me they won't fit banjo's like a Deering Goodtime were the hooks go through a banjo shoe before going through the flange. I could be wrong though.

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