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Oct 28, 2020 - 4:01:23 PM
8 posts since 4/6/2012

I have a mountain banjo built by John Peterson. The wooden shield-shaped tail piece has split in to. I am searching for a stronger tail piece, perhaps a metal one that might fit. This three hoop banjo only measures 2 inches from the bottom to the top hoop, so the area for attaching ( say a no-knot) is small. Any suggestions would be most helpful. Thanks.

Oct 28, 2020 - 5:25:47 PM

lapsteel

Canada

455 posts since 8/13/2015

I would make another one. All you need is a coping saw, a drill with a 1/16 inch bit and some sandpaper. you can use a chunk of maple or walnut or birch .
If the old one has a clean break, you can glue it back together with some woodworker’s glue and rubber bands (if you don’t have a clamp).

Edited by - lapsteel on 10/28/2020 17:28:43

Oct 28, 2020 - 6:54:19 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

11045 posts since 6/29/2003

You could contact John through his website carryinon.com/. He helped me when I needed a tuning peg for the one I had, even though I was in NZ.

Oct 29, 2020 - 3:04:50 AM

140 posts since 12/7/2007

Bob Smakula has an ebony tailpiece that might work. It’s listed under banjo parts, on his website. Also, if memory serves (which it may not!) there are a couple of folks here at BHO who build replica/classic style tailpieces that also might work. Should other (good) suggestions not ‘pan out,’ maybe one of these resources will help.

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