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Mar 28, 2021 - 3:36:05 PM
552 posts since 6/2/2011

I had a neck built for a Leedy Senator. The dowel stick was plugged but no coordinator rod installed two lag bolts with nuts hold the neck to the rim. My question is there a problem not having a coordinator rod? Should I try to find one or have one made since it is to large for a standard 11” rod?
It has a vellum skin head and I would like to put a Mylar head on it. What do I need to know to change the head out? It is 10,5” inside wall to inside wall of rim. I am not sure how to measure the rim for a new head withe the top tension hoop on the banjo.

Mar 28, 2021 - 3:47:11 PM
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14060 posts since 8/30/2006

Paul some of us think rim rods might be overrated
Unless there’s a problem   It's just fine

you can leave the neck on 

loosen the hooks and disassemble 

I suggest a dry mount skin head

Edited by - Helix on 03/28/2021 15:53:02

Mar 28, 2021 - 7:55:53 PM

552 posts since 6/2/2011

The skim head on it is good, but I shy away from tightening enough to have the snap in the banjo because of the humidity swings near Houston. The banjo sounds tubby and hollow. It has a thin rim with a full spun over rim.

Mar 28, 2021 - 8:06:37 PM

8579 posts since 8/28/2013

Although a rim rod or coordinator rods might not be needed on a good, sturdy, thick, rim, I believe it's chancy to do without some support on a thin rimmed banjo such as a Leedy. A thin rim might be pulled out of shape by the string tension.

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