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Dec 24, 2020 - 6:34:33 AM

jbalch

USA

8748 posts since 11/28/2003

I'm looking for a tailpiece for a vintage banjo uke.  Something like the one in this photo.  Need one in decent shape - but not brand new. 

Please let me know if you have something like this to offer - and the price.  Thanks!


Dec 24, 2020 - 7:52:47 AM

1385 posts since 2/9/2007

I've probably got one in a box of junk parts (which at present, unfortunately, is packed God-only-knows-where in storage). 

If an old one doesn't show up, you could distress a new one.  Elderly still sells them.

https://www.elderly.com/products/model-a-banjo-tailpiece

Dec 24, 2020 - 12:47:53 PM

Alex Z

USA

4099 posts since 12/7/2006

I've used an unplated brass No-Knot reproduction from Bob Smakula:  http://www.smakula.com/images/BanjoParts/NoKnots.jpg

It's not a shiny brass.  

Dec 25, 2020 - 7:08:05 PM
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blazo

USA

251 posts since 5/16/2017

quote:
Originally posted by jbalch

I'm looking for a tailpiece for a vintage banjo uke.  Something like the one in this photo.  Need one in decent shape - but not brand new. 

Please let me know if you have something like this to offer - and the price.  Thanks!

 


I have this if you are interested. Let me know.


 

Dec 25, 2020 - 7:41:25 PM
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56639 posts since 12/14/2005

Dec 26, 2020 - 6:07:05 AM

721 posts since 6/11/2003

The pictured banjo tailpiece is still available from Stew-Mac.

stewmac.com/parts-and-hardware...iece.html

Dec 26, 2020 - 12:00:36 PM

11071 posts since 10/27/2006

Tons of these in people's parts boxes and, as Bart points out, it's available new if you want shiny.

Simple to use—put a knot in the end of the string. I think that the Grover pictured by Blaise is a little easier, however—the fingers keep the knots in place as you get the string started at the peg.

If using nylon strings this is not an issue but some synthetics, especially NylGut, will tear if nicked. For that reason, you want to go over all edges till they are smooth to the touch—don't forget the holes. I use a piece of 1500 grit emery cloth and tear off a corner to roll into a cone for de-burring the holes. Takes about a minute or two.

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