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Sep 22, 2020 - 2:17:34 PM
248 posts since 3/29/2018

I want to install a couple RR spikes for my 5th string on my travel banjo. I think I can do it myself, but where can I buy like just a few of them? I have heard hobby stores, but I doubt they are around anymore. So, does someone have a tip on where I can by just a hand full of them? Thanks!

Sep 22, 2020 - 2:48:55 PM
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hbick2

USA

262 posts since 6/26/2004

Don't buy them from a hobby store or ebay. A friend of mine did that and gave me some. They were too soft to use. When I would try to push or hammer them into the fingerboard they would bend. I got some from Elderly and they worked fine. Bob Smakula sells them, too.

Sep 22, 2020 - 3:15:48 PM

Fathand

Canada

11662 posts since 2/7/2008

I bought a bag of 800 for $12.00 at a hobby store. I have probably done 20 banjos for my self and others. They work just fine if you drill the right size hole and tap in gently.

My investment was about $25 for spikes some #63 drill bits, finger drill, diamond nail file and I made a little hammer so if only doing one banjo you may want to pay $25 to have it done.

Sep 22, 2020 - 4:36:18 PM
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11135 posts since 6/2/2008

Best small quantity deal on railroad spikes will be from Smakula. (Click the link; scroll down the page)

$1 for a bag of 10 and very reasonable postage.

Everywhere else eats you up on shipping.

You're welcome.

Sep 22, 2020 - 5:32:21 PM

403 posts since 7/20/2013

You can also get 15 of 'em from StewMac for less than 2 bucks:  https://www.stewmac.com/strings-and-accessories/instrument-accessories/capos-and-slides/5th-string-capo-spikes-package-of-15.htm 

Nothing against Bob S. ;  Order from him if you can.

Sep 22, 2020 - 7:41:45 PM

7735 posts since 8/28/2013

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Originally posted by darwinyarwin

You can also get 15 of 'em from StewMac for less than 2 bucks:  https://www.stewmac.com/strings-and-accessories/instrument-accessories/capos-and-slides/5th-string-capo-spikes-package-of-15.htm 

Nothing against Bob S. ;  Order from him if you can.


Stew Mac charges a fortune for shipping. 

Sep 23, 2020 - 7:25:18 AM
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2048 posts since 1/21/2003

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Sep 23, 2020 - 8:36:41 PM

11135 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by darwinyarwin

You can also get 15 of 'em from StewMac for less than 2 bucks: 


Plus $9.99 shipping.

Pay less with Bob Smakula.

Or some eBay sellers.

Sep 24, 2020 - 3:56:07 AM

beegee

USA

21897 posts since 7/6/2005

quote:
Originally posted by G Edward Porgie
quote:
Originally posted by darwinyarwin

You can also get 15 of 'em from StewMac for less than 2 bucks:  https://www.stewmac.com/strings-and-accessories/instrument-accessories/capos-and-slides/5th-string-capo-spikes-package-of-15.htm 

Nothing against Bob S. ;  Order from him if you can.


Stew Mac charges a fortune for shipping. 


My big pet peeve. Lately, I have started buying a lot more repair stuff. A previous small order cost me $18.95 shipping for something that could have been mailed at the PO for about $3.75. I finally signed up for the club, where you get "free" shipping on everything for $39.95/yr. When I first started building banjos, I bought most of my stuff from Bill Sullivan and Bill Porter and an outfit called Minalco. They always had fair shipping costs. Don't get me started on Haz-Mat charges for shipping nitrocellulose products. 

Edited by - beegee on 09/24/2020 03:56:39

Sep 24, 2020 - 4:55:59 AM

Brett

USA

2344 posts since 11/29/2005
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I’ve been using a cheaper package of spikes I bought mail order from fleabay, with mixed results.
You might want to run a search as I had lots of very beneficial suggestions regarding quality and technique.

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