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Sep 17, 2021 - 4:19:16 AM
275 posts since 2/16/2017


Having now made my banjo I'm thinking I might attempt a resonator for it, never having done this before is there an easy solution? I was thinking of obtaining a wooden tray as a basis and adapting it, would this work? Also if I have a 10" diameter pot would a 12" resonator be about right as it would give me an inch all round?

Or should I give up now and stick with an openback :D

Sep 17, 2021 - 5:33:44 AM
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14592 posts since 8/30/2006

Resonators can be reflective and or refractive, how many bank shots does vaudeville need to get the sound to the people.
People use flat plates with little spacers to get them a 3/8" to 5/8" gap
Each stereo speaker has a baffle in there called a passive distributor. they work and are standard in the audio field.
So if we inform ourselves and emulate what they are doing, absolute magic can happen at the jam.

Did someone grab your banjo in the middle of your solo? Urban myth comes into play.

I learned this while performing my domestic chores. I have used both sterling silver and gold plated teaspoons, not tablespoons, nor ladles, just simple spoons using both the cup and back of each spoon simultaneously to move sound and molecules out of the banjo towards the audience. I have used 4,6,8 and 12 spoons all successfully. Your choice, And they are adjustable. they weigh 1/4 lbs. less than a one pound rez.

If you make a pipe cap type resonator, you can have vertical sides, angled sides and various gaps.
Rae-justers let you adjust the rez gap which is like tuning exhaust in a race car, it works.

Then for fun, I use magnets to mount the resonator so you have options. The first time I pulled my old resonator off with magnets, they were shocked to see how simple and easy.

for a 10" rim, a 12" rez should work fine.

Edited by - Helix on 09/17/2021 05:35:58

Sep 17, 2021 - 5:40:10 AM

275 posts since 2/16/2017

Loving the way the spoons make that pattern Larry, ingenious!!

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