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Snare Drum Leg Rest for use on Resonator Banjos?

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Sep 17, 2020 - 6:49:06 PM
626 posts since 11/21/2018

Any right thigh, Scruggs or melodic (up the neck) resonator banjo players use a snare drum leg rest or similar device for playing on your right thigh (if you're right handed)? Anyone make a properly shaped "double curved" foam or leather saddle?

I have to find the distance from hook to hook on a snare drum and how it would compare to Gibson style pots. Any snare players here?

Just wondering, never seen one. The drum leg rest looks like it pivots adequately in pics but would have to see one in person... I use a piece of leather for traction on my pants leg but a "saddle" might be a nice "upgrade" for positioning.

I searched in the archives but see open back player responses for the most part. Mine is a heavy top tension and would like to experiment.


Edited by - northernbelle on 09/17/2020 18:50:33

Sep 17, 2020 - 8:59:08 PM

591 posts since 2/26/2007

Are you playing seated or standing? Seated, there's the Companion Stand

It might be adjusted or reversed to get the banjo more over the right thigh.

Also, there is a figure 8 shaped knee pillow that might work. Here's an example Sleep Number Knee Pillow

These to come to mind.

Sep 17, 2020 - 9:29:29 PM

2452 posts since 3/30/2008

Snare drums are typically 14", & the bracket you speak of is found on marching drums. It is large, heavy & under a lot of stress, so is strongly bolted onto the shell. (any adaptation to a banjo would add a lot of weight, & result in a big ugly bracket that would catch on things & make a case fitting very awkward. )

Sep 18, 2020 - 12:18:44 PM

626 posts since 11/21/2018

Thanks guys. I didn't realize the snare drum brackets mounted directly to the shells. The pics I saw looked like a banjo armrest bracket but they weren't very clear. Thought they'd be easily removable for putting back into the case. I'll check out the leg pillow idea. I hadn't seen them in my prior searches for ideas.

I was aware of the Companion Stand but it's not what I'm looking for. I'd like to keep the resonator on my leg. None of this is a huge issue. It mostly seems like something worth trying for my occasional several hours long practice sessions. Something to keep things a bit off the leg (weight) and always having the same ergonomics (ala Classical guitarists). I'm fine, generally with lap playing, standing, but prefer the right leg, especially for Old Time jams.

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