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Sep 17, 2021 - 2:30:01 PM

tb73

USA

4 posts since 8/23/2020

Hi All!

Hopefully I am in the correct forum with my question. I have a Deering Goodtime 2 and I am in search of a replacement armrest. The one that Deering offers does not allow the height adjustment I am looking for. Actually, it has no height adjustment as far as I can see. Deering does not offer a variety of armrest for this model, so my search continues.
I started looking on Ebay but I am not sure the stock there will fit my instrument. Anyone out there with a Goodtime 2 that has gone down this road?

All responses much appreciated!

Regards,
Tim

Sep 17, 2021 - 4:01:12 PM

3118 posts since 2/18/2009

If you are looking for an armrest that can go higher I would check out the Vega style wire armrests that Bob Smakula (and others, I think) sells. They are very adjustable, and pretty cost effective.

Sep 18, 2021 - 4:02:22 AM

896 posts since 2/19/2012

Or if you want a nice wooden one, Zach can make one for you. They already sit higher than the Deering one because of their thickness, and he could probably make it most any height. I have one on my Little Wonder and really like it.

Sep 18, 2021 - 4:21:20 AM
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Helix

USA

14592 posts since 8/30/2006

The resonator is what makes this banjo so popular: even brand new students will sound like banjo legends thanks to its rich, golden tone. When the banjo is played, soundwaves stay trapped inside the resonator, giving it a warm and powerful echo.

The rich, golden tone and the reverberation off the resonator sound great. You can definitely tell a volume difference between open back and a Goodtime 2. The sound waves aren’t getting trapped between you and the banjo, which makes a pretty big difference.

The 16 hook pattern makes it more difficult.  This hype should be studied. 

Gold Tone has gone to a simple plate that fits both 18's and 24's.

Deering has stayed with 16 hooks and round holes up through the price points.  

Be careful of your tendons in your right forearm, you don't need a new injury.  An ergonomic or shaped wooden armrest is just the thang. 

Sep 19, 2021 - 5:45:11 AM

tb73

USA

4 posts since 8/23/2020

quote:
Originally posted by Zachary Hoyt

If you are looking for an armrest that can go higher I would check out the Vega style wire armrests that Bob Smakula (and others, I think) sells. They are very adjustable, and pretty cost effective.


Hey Zach,

 

Thanks for the reply! Are you the Zach that Parker135 is referring to who makes wooden armrests? If so, do you have a website where I can check them out?

Sep 19, 2021 - 6:48:43 AM

896 posts since 2/19/2012

Yes, same Zach. Here are a couple of photos of one he made for me. I asked that it be slightly asymmetrical to come as close to the tailpiece as possible to work with the way I hold the banjo. If you want it higher off the head, I assume he could build up a little where it rests on the hooks. He credits Jason Romero with the design.




Sep 19, 2021 - 6:51:08 AM

3118 posts since 2/18/2009

Yes, I think I must be the Zach to whom Parker135 referred. My website is hoytbanjos.com and the armrests are under Parts. The ones I make are not adjustable, though, the top sits on the top of the tension hoop like an old Gibson or similar. Because they're made of wood they're slightly higher than a metal one, but if you want to be able to go higher than that the wire kind is the best option I know of, as they are extremely adjustable for height and can even be bent to any shape that would be more comfortable.

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