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Jan 20, 2021 - 8:56:47 PM
2 posts since 1/20/2021

I’m looking for a tailpiece for a Dixie Banjolele, any suggestions?
Thanks

Jan 20, 2021 - 9:09:31 PM
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56634 posts since 12/14/2005

Until you find one, may as well use a bent fork.


Jan 20, 2021 - 9:25:47 PM
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2524 posts since 3/30/2008

The original tailpiece is unique to this instrument, & gives a sharp angle behind the bridge. I can't quite tell from pictures how the tailpiece is anchored, & that could be a consideration before shopping for a tailpiece.

Jan 20, 2021 - 9:33:58 PM
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3605 posts since 5/29/2011

If it looks like this an original tailpiece may be hard to find. If you can't snag an original contact BHO member Mark Ralston. He makes reproductions of old tailpieces and may be able to make you one.


 

Jan 20, 2021 - 9:41:03 PM

2 posts since 1/20/2021

That’s it, any thoughts on cleaning one of these up.

Jan 21, 2021 - 5:06:49 AM
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333 posts since 4/11/2019

There are two on egay now. Looks like the tailpiece is little more than a metal triangle screwed into the rim.

Jan 21, 2021 - 7:31:42 AM
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3605 posts since 5/29/2011

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Originally posted by Cfrank

That’s it, any thoughts on cleaning one of these up.


If it is chrome plated, as they are supposed to be, then a cloth dampened with distilled vinegar will clean it right up. BUT, if it is nickel plated, vinegar will tarnish it. Use a slightly damp cloth with a small amount of mild dish detergent.

Many people just use a damp rag and nothing else.

Jan 21, 2021 - 9:40:12 AM

412 posts since 5/29/2015

No need for a fret level!

Some of these show marked deterioration/corrosion of the metal--they will not clean up.

Last one of these I had was in nice cosmetic shape. Tightened up the head and it was an in-your-face loud bright banjo ukulele. Almost too good!

Jan 21, 2021 - 5:21:54 PM

1384 posts since 2/9/2007

Several years ago someone brought me one of those lacking the tailpiece (and the hide and a peg or two). They'd been told by a repair shop it would cost over a grand to "restore" it!  I think I charged her 6 or 7 cents on the dollar of their estimate, and wondered if I was overcharging at that....    

Made a tailpiece for it out of a thick piece of leather, and it did the job OK.

Edited by - Dan Gellert on 01/21/2021 17:27:20

Jan 21, 2021 - 5:31:41 PM
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4555 posts since 9/7/2009

quote:
Originally posted by Cfrank

I’m looking for a tailpiece for a Dixie Banjolele, any suggestions?
Thanks


I should have one in my Dixie uke stuff. I will look in the morning. I know all my extra tuners are gone, but I may still have a tailpiece. PM me.

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