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Nov 22, 2020 - 12:17:31 PM
56056 posts since 12/14/2005

Rather than make a whole new neck, and rather than drill  a significantly large hole into an already delicate neck, I will suggest  shaping a nice piece of wood as shown, and using a geared guitar peg for the 5th.

Glue it to the existing neck, and perhaps reinforce the glue with some nice brass pins at where the side dots are, so that those positions are still marked.


Nov 22, 2020 - 12:21:18 PM
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Nickcd

UK

246 posts since 1/28/2018

Nov 22, 2020 - 1:10:42 PM

56056 posts since 12/14/2005

The person who contacted me about doing a modification, did not want the 5th string hanging in the air, so, my suggestion.
YOUR suggestion is quicker and simpler, and we should raise our glasses in a toast to you, for it.


Nov 22, 2020 - 1:12:25 PM
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LukeL

USA

32 posts since 9/14/2017

I did something similar once. I took a small block of very hard wood (from a Steinway piano) and drilled a hole for the fifth string tuner. Then I screwed it to the side of the tenor neck. That made one very good sounding travel banjo as well. The fifth string was in the air though, so it wasn’t possible to capo or fret.

Nov 22, 2020 - 1:30:08 PM

7848 posts since 1/7/2005

I like the look Mike. Kinda steam-punkish.

DD

Nov 22, 2020 - 2:03:57 PM

Helix

USA

13101 posts since 8/30/2006

A lifeboat that fell off a big ship. Very nice. Unsinkable.

Nov 22, 2020 - 2:28:22 PM
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56056 posts since 12/14/2005

Nov 22, 2020 - 3:43:32 PM

7848 posts since 1/7/2005

Now that's just mighty nasty looking. :->
You wouldn't want to wear that walking into a bank.
DD

Nov 22, 2020 - 5:50:49 PM

56056 posts since 12/14/2005

I found it amusing that a company named PRESTO made banjo accessories, and another company, ALSO called PRESTO, made pressure cookers.
And what gets steamier than a pressure cooker?

Nov 22, 2020 - 7:19:24 PM
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7888 posts since 8/28/2013

quote:
Originally posted by LukeL

I did something similar once. I took a small block of very hard wood (from a Steinway piano) and drilled a hole for the fifth string tuner. Then I screwed it to the side of the tenor neck. That made one very good sounding travel banjo as well. The fifth string was in the air though, so it wasn’t possible to capo or fret.


I hope that Steinway piano was a complete wreck and unsalvageable.  It takes a lot to destroy a Steinway to the point where it's not worth anything except a small block of wood. I've worked on Steinways that had been in floods and fires, been dropped, jumped on by rock 'n' rollers, and practically ruined by people who didn't know what they were doing (the worst damage of all!) and have been able to save all of them.

Nov 22, 2020 - 7:22:40 PM
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LukeL

USA

32 posts since 9/14/2017

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

I did something similar once. I took a small block of very hard wood (from a Steinway piano) and drilled a hole for the fifth string tuner. Then I screwed it to the side of the tenor neck. That made one very good sounding travel banjo as well. The fifth string was in the air though, so it wasn’t possible to capo or fret.


I hope that Steinway piano was a complete wreck and unsalvageable.  It takes a lot to destroy a Steinway to the point where it's not worth anything except a small block of wood. I've worked on Steinways that had been in floods and fires, been dropped, jumped on by rock 'n' rollers, and practically ruined by people who didn't know what they were doing (the worst damage of all!) and have been able to save all of them.


No pianos were destroyed :-) It was a block from a piece of the pedal trapwork I replaced on a Steinway M grand that had a digital player system installed. I am a piano technician with a lot of experience rebuilding pianos, including Steinways. I just mentioned that above to indicate that it was very fine quality hardwood.

 

Luke

Nov 22, 2020 - 7:27:50 PM

56056 posts since 12/14/2005

Pardon me, Fraulein, but how much does  a Stein weigh?

Nov 22, 2020 - 9:10:13 PM

3410 posts since 5/29/2011

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Originally posted by mike gregory

Pardon me, Fraulein, but how much does  a Stein weigh?


That all depends on whether you are filling it or drinking out of it.

Edited by - Culloden on 11/22/2020 21:17:44

Nov 22, 2020 - 9:21:47 PM
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56056 posts since 12/14/2005

"Herr Culloden, you have spoiled the entire sport of Oktoberfest.  You vill haff to come mit me!"

Nov 23, 2020 - 6:21:25 AM
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168 posts since 4/3/2009

Mike, to say you think outside the box implies that there was a box to start with. You come up with greatest ideas!

Nov 23, 2020 - 9:45 AM

56056 posts since 12/14/2005

Much as I appreciate the compliment, people have been modifying instruments, and cobbling together instruments, since before the beginning of written history.
I'm just carrying on the traditions of our ancestors.

And, believe me, where there's a box, there's a potential instrument.

NONE of these are MY products. But, these are just raindrops in the SEA of Done-It-Theyself instruments

     

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