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Jun 15, 2021 - 3:01:49 PM
3 posts since 6/10/2021

Hi folks. I am a banjo newbie and am expecting my first one to be delivered this week. The new baby is a maple open back with lots of hardware. It has a bracket band with 28 brackets so is sure to be on the heavy side. Before I break either my back or the banjo I would like to order a strap to use with it. I am a 5'4" female and would like some advice as to which are the most secure, safest and most comfortable straps to use when you are vertically challenged as I am.

Thank you in advance for your advice and/or suggestions!

Jun 15, 2021 - 3:20:46 PM
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Mivo

Germany

83 posts since 9/13/2017

The most comfortable strap I’ve tried and bought is the Neotech Mega Strap. It has really good weight distribution, so the banjo seems much lighter than with other straps. The only downside is that it’s not a cradle strap, but that is preference - others might see the ease of attaching and detaching the strap as a plus. It’s adjustable (most straps are), so it should be fine.

Jun 15, 2021 - 5:28:54 PM
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57 posts since 7/30/2013

Yes, cradle straps are the best for sure, they hold the banjo more securely and once adjusted, feel good on your shoulder... They take a little time to thread through the brackets, but are worth it....

Jun 16, 2021 - 4:23:29 AM
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2828 posts since 12/4/2009

Hello,

Lakota Straps are made from buffalo hide. I use cradle straps. They distribute the weight and securely cradle the instrument. I would recommend Lakota Straps.

Edited by - Aradobanjo on 06/16/2021 04:23:52

Jun 16, 2021 - 5:59:37 AM
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169 posts since 11/28/2006

I’m a big fan of the Lakota straps. I have both the cradle and non-cradle for banjo, guitar, mandolin, and now resonator guitar. They’re soft, with minimal hardware to scratch your instrument, and strong.

lakotaleathers.com/

Plus, I like to support a cottage industry that serves the community directly. Music stores and A$$$n carry the straps, but I order directly and have always had fast shipping.

Edited by - Ron Lacey on 06/16/2021 06:00:17

Jun 16, 2021 - 6:03:49 AM
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356 posts since 11/17/2015

Lakota

Jun 16, 2021 - 6:08:51 AM
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Banjo Lefty

Canada

2286 posts since 6/19/2014

Also Lakota

Jun 16, 2021 - 6:25:25 AM
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169 posts since 11/28/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Ron Lacey

I’m a big fan of the Lakota straps. I have both the cradle and non-cradle for banjo, guitar, mandolin, and now resonator guitar. They’re soft, with minimal hardware to scratch your instrument, and strong.

lakotaleathers.com/

Plus, I like to support a cottage industry that serves the community directly. Music stores and Amatzo n carry the straps, but I order directly and have always had fast shipping. There are videos on their web site that covers installing the straps and whether a cradle or non-cradle strap will work with your banjo.

https://www.lakotaleathers.com/products/banjo/


Sorry for the double post, I was trying to edit but was past the time limit.

Edited by - Ron Lacey on 06/16/2021 06:27:53

Jun 16, 2021 - 10:19:07 AM

52 posts since 10/5/2019

The neotech strap is by far the best I’ve used! Lakota is nice as well but after you have tried a Neotech, they don’t feel as nice anymore

Jul 2, 2021 - 11:11:09 AM

4 posts since 6/16/2021

I too am looking to purchase a new strap for my Goodtime Americana and wondered about the cradle straps. I was going to purchase this one from Deering directly but it says it does not work on goodtime models?

https://www.deeringbanjos.com/collections/banjo-straps/products/retro-leather-cradle-straps

Any idea why this is?  Did this pertain to all cradle strap models or just this particular one?  

Jul 4, 2021 - 12:55:15 PM
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62 posts since 12/3/2017

The Lakota cradle strap is my favorite. Very soft & comfortable.

Jul 5, 2021 - 8:53:13 AM

Alex Z

USA

4375 posts since 12/7/2006
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"Any idea why this is?  Did this pertain to all cradle strap models or just this particular one? "

It's not the strap, but rather that the Goodtime has bracket shoes around the  rim, which take up space between the rim and the hook.  So, there is not much if any room for the strap.

Lakota doesn't recommend a cradle strap for a Goodtime, for the same reason.  The hooks would likely have to be removed from the lower side of the rim, strap placed, and hooks put back -- if they will even fit.

Those thinking of using a cradle strap on an open back with bracket shoes might first want to check how much room there is under the hooks to thread the strap.

Jul 5, 2021 - 8:55:16 AM

Alex Z

USA

4375 posts since 12/7/2006
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If the cradle design is appealing, then maybe some twine or a shoelace could be threaded under the hooks, and attach to the strap ends where the strap would otherwise exit from under the hooks.

Jul 5, 2021 - 9:01:36 AM

Alex Z

USA

4375 posts since 12/7/2006
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100,000 people on the BHO.  Someone is going to respond, "I have an openback with bracket shoes and I didn't have any trouble using a cradle strap."  smiley

Good for you.

Others may find this from Lakota helpful:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OCe_DvH2Hc

Jul 5, 2021 - 7:35:14 PM

302 posts since 10/18/2020

i have a 3 inch wide Lakota cradle strap on my Rickard and my Reiter but they both have the ball type shoes it was tight installing but it was workable

Jul 6, 2021 - 5:57:29 PM

mrbook

USA

2013 posts since 2/22/2006

I have used a cradle strap on several banjos with bracket shoes, both open back and resonator models, without problems. It takes a few minutes to thread the strap through the brackets, but you are set for years. I also like the Neotech strap, but it is not as elegant as a nice leather strap. I have a Lakota Strap on one banjo, and while very comfortable, it does stretch and needs to be adjusted once in a while.

Jul 20, 2021 - 11:46:47 AM

39 posts since 12/12/2019

The reason a cradle strap does not work on a Deering Goodtime is due to the clearance between the j-hooks and the pot. They use 16 j-hooks that are a bit thicker and most leather straps will be too thick to thread them through.

Jul 20, 2021 - 12:09:12 PM

14 posts since 7/19/2021

Deerings Soft Leather Cradle Banjo Strap is what I use - https://www.deeringbanjos.com/collections/banjo-straps/products/soft-leather-cradle-strap

"Flexible and comfortable, this 2” brown leather cradle strap is made in the USA. It's basic design has a vintage look and will fit our Goodtime and Vega Banjo lines.

This strap will fit all Deering, Vega, and Goodtime model banjos. "

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