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Jan 22, 2021 - 4:30:04 PM
130 posts since 11/11/2020

For you fellas that a have a Nechville.. how much can you tension the head before damage? I was thinking of trying 92..93 for the learning experience.

Id like to hear the two extremes, so I was going to go down as well..

I'm also going to get some bridges to go down to 2.1 and up to 2.9 maybe a 2.7 as well. Just to play with it. :)

Jan 23, 2021 - 2:35:39 AM

Bill H


1526 posts since 11/7/2010

You should ask Tom Nechville. I bet he has tested his banjo every way possible.

Jan 23, 2021 - 4:01:46 AM

6763 posts since 12/5/2007

A lot depends on the head and how well it was made. I broke a brand new Remo Weatherking that measured 85 with a Drum Dial. The head was obviously defective and the vendor replaced it for free.

Heads are cheap and easy to change on a Nechville so it would be easy for you to find out their limits. I have a feeling that the Nechville pinion wrenches would be almost impossible to turn, once you get a head that tight.

If you want an unfocused, somewhat muted and tubby banjo with a lot of sustain, put a heavy bridge on it. A stiff, 2.1 gram bridge is hard to beat for bluegrass on any banjo with a properly tensioned head.

Jan 23, 2021 - 7:14:16 AM

505 posts since 1/28/2011

Originally posted by Bill H

You should ask Tom Nechville. I bet he has tested his banjo every way possible.

He also has a video where he shows the sound of different bridge weights.

Jan 31, 2021 - 6:25:30 AM



1137 posts since 9/9/2005

I worked with Tom for 15 years. The Heli-Mount will take as much tension as you want, and like xnavyguy said, depending on the head itself.

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