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Sep 15, 2021 - 8:05:58 PM
430 posts since 2/5/2012

whenever i receive a used banjo, i take everything apart and clean it(especially now) and set it up to my personal playing style.

something i've noticed and i want to make sure i'm doing things correct, is that the interior rim bolts(inside the pot that go into the shoes) on most rims are not snug and often the shoes rotate easily.

so my question. upon replacing all the parts, does one snug the rim bolts tight into the shoe, or is there supposed to be some light play between the bolt and shoe?

i'm assuming a snug fit with no movement of any part, but i've been wrong before.

thank you

Sep 15, 2021 - 8:51:10 PM

430 posts since 2/5/2012

ah man, should have used the search. anyways, an excellent older thread that answered all my questions and thoughts. and i learned some new terms/words in the process.

what i have observed when i do this is the shoe is loose enough that under tension it "heels over" and divots the outside wood rim. i snug the bolt to the shoe before any tension is applied so that the shoe fits tight against the outside rim.

link to the other thread in case someone else has wondered.


Sep 16, 2021 - 5:36:55 AM



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When I am reassembling a banjo, I put the shoe on first but leave the lug somewhat loose. I then put the hook and nut on and tighten it slightly. Then I go back and tighten the lug making sure the shoe is perpendicular to the stretcher band. I tighten the lugs pretty tight. I have seen a number of banjos where the lug was not tightened enough before the hook and nut were tightened and the bottom part of the shoe has lifted up, away from the rim.

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