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Apr 12, 2021 - 8:29:56 AM
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74300 posts since 5/9/2007

Giving my banjo a going over yesterday I happened to tap the upper co-rod and found it to have a healthy G note ring like a little bell.
I tapped the lower rod (the one added by Jimmy Cox at the time of conversion) and found a B note tone that lasted around one second.

I wanted to see if cutting the duration of those notes would affect the banjo tone in any way and applied a piece of twine (rolling hitch with tensioner) to both rods and found that when tapped they still had their notes,but the volume and duration were greatly reduced.
Not wanting to make any rash decisions I'm going to leave the hitches on for a while and see how things sound.

A zip tie would achieve the same resulting dampening of the rod tones.


 

Edited by - steve davis on 04/12/2021 08:51:43

Apr 12, 2021 - 9:41:13 AM
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521 posts since 10/4/2018

My upper rod sounds at F and the lower one sounds at G, but neither rings for an entire second. The upper does ring a bit longer than the lower though, but no need for adjustment. Check out that Steve Davis compensated bridge.


Edited by - Good Buddy on 04/12/2021 09:43:33

Apr 12, 2021 - 11:09:02 AM
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2104 posts since 2/12/2009

a G and a B note ? perfect for an instrument tuned to G major !

Apr 12, 2021 - 11:34:24 AM
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74300 posts since 5/9/2007

It may be that I like them better with nothing attached,but I want to get used to how it sounds this way for a couple of weeks,then untie them and decide.

Good footprint,Mike!

Edited by - steve davis on 04/12/2021 11:36:43

Apr 12, 2021 - 6:17:05 PM
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8449 posts since 8/28/2013

When my co-rod rings, I'm usually in the shower, so I let the banjo answering machine take a message.

Apr 12, 2021 - 7:10:12 PM

4617 posts since 11/20/2004

Are your rods brass or steel ?

Apr 13, 2021 - 5:53:11 AM

74300 posts since 5/9/2007

The upper rod is whatever Gibson used in 1929.I believe Jimmy once told me he used brass.

Apr 13, 2021 - 7:06:47 AM
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Helix

USA

13943 posts since 8/30/2006

This proves to me there’s is an important path
I never thought to ping the rim rods
What other than brass or steel for that vintage?
I like this because it ain’t scientific, just terrific

And you got spoon fed and Porgie to use their noggins, creative

Apr 13, 2021 - 8:21:41 AM

2104 posts since 2/12/2009

quote:
Originally posted by Helix

This proves to me there’s is an important path
I never thought to ping the rim rods
What other than brass or steel for that vintage?
I like this because it ain’t scientific, just terrific

And you got spoon fed and Porgie to use their noggins, creative


certainly takes a bit of doing in my case, my brain hurts now !

Apr 13, 2021 - 5:04:12 PM
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Helix

USA

13943 posts since 8/30/2006

You’re a good egg Nick, jam anytime

Apr 14, 2021 - 5:26:53 AM

4617 posts since 11/20/2004

To my ear, steel rods contribute to a dryer sound and have less of the ringiness you describe.

Apr 14, 2021 - 4:22:08 PM

74300 posts since 5/9/2007

Interesting to find the Fox banjo sounding muffled with the "Bridle" but the '29 conversion is sounding great with it.

Apr 14, 2021 - 4:53:35 PM

DSmoke

USA

984 posts since 11/30/2015

quote:
Originally posted by steve davis

It may be that I like them better with nothing attached,but I want to get used to how it sounds this way for a couple of weeks,then untie them and decide.

Good footprint,Mike!


I find that to be very helpful in determining differences.  

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