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Apr 21, 2021 - 10:17:36 AM
61 posts since 1/11/2020

Recently purchased this Beltone 5 string banjo and was curious if anyone has had one that included the resonator... because I cant quite figure out how a resonator would attach to this rim. Theres no dowel to attach to and the rim doesnt have any extra holes for thumb screws... I'd like to source a resonator for it eventually if possible but not sure where to start! Any help is appreciated.


Apr 21, 2021 - 11:33:20 AM

11285 posts since 10/27/2006

You can see a hook or lip inside. The resonator will have a catch that clips or latches into it accessible through the hole.

Short of finding another to examine and copy, I have no idea where you'd find a resonator.

Apr 21, 2021 - 11:56:28 AM

61 posts since 1/11/2020

Ah I see. So basically my fear that the resonator for this was very specifically designed and made only for it to mate with no other unless of the exact type is in fact true. Bummer. Well it will probably be brought back to life as an open back banjo then. Too bad I think the resonator would have made it much better.

Apr 21, 2021 - 1:01:30 PM
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8447 posts since 8/28/2013

There is no reason why an alternate method such as magnets coudn't be used to attack a resonator. Cabinet door latches might also work. I believe Helix uses the former, and Kn LeVan has used the latter.

It may require some drilling or maybe clips or magnets could be glued unto the rim with epoxy.

I wouldn't give up on a resonator yet.

Apr 21, 2021 - 1:15:12 PM

61 posts since 1/11/2020

That is a good idea. Main issue is the rim is quite wide. Its probably not going to fit a modern resonator. So I'll need to source a large resonator to adapt or look into building one. This banjo will be for resale once it's back playable so not sure I want to sink too much money into it and pass along that cost to the next person may be a bit silly. This is all very helpful though!

Apr 21, 2021 - 9:34:58 PM
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3715 posts since 5/29/2011

In the first picture I see little projections that point to the inside of the pot. Measure the distance from them to the bottom of the flange. Then measure the inside diameter of the flange. It looks like a flat circle of wood would fit inside to form a resonator if you can find one that has the right dimensions. The little projections would keep it from sliding too deep. Then figuring out a way to attach it would take a little ingenuity. Several ideas have been mentioned so I won't venture any until I have had some sleep.

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