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Sep 20, 2021 - 7:40:27 AM
55 posts since 5/29/2014

I am having some issues with my lower back. I would think it is caused by hanging these heavy banjos over one shoulder. I am thinking that a harness type strap would be able to provide more relief. At work I had used an over the shoulder strap for my brief case. Later I went with a backpack with straps over both shoulders and did not have any shoulder/back issues.

My question is; are there any banjo pickers using a harness? If so do you like it? If so where can I get one? Thanks.

I have looked at older forums and did find some references, but no links or brands to review. Any help would be great.

Sep 20, 2021 - 7:51 AM
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2580 posts since 5/2/2012

Take a look at the "slider banjo strap" at Elderly here  Oops, went back and noticed it was sold out.  You can have them email you when they become available.

This one is designed for guitars, but you could probably adapt it.  Guitar Center has this one as well.

Sep 20, 2021 - 8:57:52 AM

BobbyE

USA

2921 posts since 11/29/2007

Since I don't know what you might know I will go ahead and add that the cradle strap for banjos might offer some help as well. if you can't find one of the harness designed ones.

Bobby

Sep 20, 2021 - 9:25:02 AM

99 posts since 3/10/2006

I'm pretty certain Gina Furtado uses a harness type strap. Maybe she can chime in and tell you about it.

Sep 20, 2021 - 9:40:51 AM
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2639 posts since 4/5/2006

Straps of that nature are usually put on first, then attached to the banjo. Although not a big fan of clips attaching to the hooks of banjos, the Slider Strap appears to be worth a try. Myself, I would find a way to incorporate a narrow strap running under the hooks, as on a cradle type strap, attaching to the lower half of the disconnects immediately behind those silly clips. YMMV

fwiw: Paul Hawthorne developed a similar design years ago.   

Sep 20, 2021 - 9:51:46 AM

55 posts since 5/29/2014

I do have a cradle strap from Lakota and a couple other types from them. Very nice. I was thinking a harness strap would be more common. Maybe not. Thanks for all suggestions and any others that may come up. Maybe Gina will comment as well.

Sep 20, 2021 - 10:33:07 AM

Fathand

Canada

11794 posts since 2/7/2008

I do know a guy that loves his. Not sure where he got it.

Sep 20, 2021 - 10:48:37 AM

55 posts since 5/29/2014

Okay now I am interested in what this person has.quote:
Originally posted by Fathand

I do know a guy that loves his. Not sure where he got it.


Sep 20, 2021 - 10:50:51 AM
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34 posts since 5/28/2015

I use a Neotech marching band drum strap! It crosses in the back and is all cushy and comfy. A little dorky, perhaps, but has definitely saved me from what seemed like chronic back pain!

wwbw.com/Neotech-Percussion-St...QQAvD_BwE

Sep 20, 2021 - 12:00:27 PM
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842 posts since 11/27/2005

I used to make some that worked well but never caught on.

My banjo strap - video

Sep 20, 2021 - 12:06:24 PM

Fathand

Canada

11794 posts since 2/7/2008

quote:
Originally posted by dpdevendra
Okay now I am interested in what this person has.quote:
Originally posted by Fathand

I do know a guy that loves his. Not sure where he got it.


I think it's this one

https://www.elderly.com/collections/straps/products/slider-banjo-strap


Sep 20, 2021 - 12:09:12 PM
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55 posts since 5/29/2014

OK, I did contact elderly instruments and it indicated they indicated that they have this particular strap but not available right now.
Thanks for the info quote:

Originally posted by Fathand
quote:
Originally posted by dpdevendra
Okay now I am interested in what this person has.quote:
Originally posted by Fathand

I do know a guy that loves his. Not sure where he got it.


I think it's this one

https://www.elderly.com/collections/straps/products/slider-banjo-strap


 


Sep 20, 2021 - 6:49:42 PM
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683 posts since 11/21/2018

I think these harness straps (in general) are great for players who, when sitting, like to hold heavy Bluegrass banjos on their right leg (if right handed...). It really helps to "lock it in" close to your boy without sway. I wish there were a lot more designs/brands out there to try.

Sep 20, 2021 - 10:05:03 PM

330 posts since 8/17/2010

Someone once suggested adapting an accordion harness. If it can hold an accordion, it should be able to support a banjo.

Sep 21, 2021 - 12:15:48 AM
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phb

Germany

2975 posts since 11/8/2010
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quote:
Originally posted by Mike Rowe

I used to make some that worked well but never caught on.

My banjo strap - video


Pure genius! yes

Sep 21, 2021 - 9:56:44 AM

842 posts since 11/27/2005

quote:
Originally posted by phb
quote:
Originally posted by Mike Rowe

I used to make some that worked well but never caught on.

My banjo strap - video


Pure genius! yes

 


Thank you!

Sep 21, 2021 - 10:03:57 AM
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58226 posts since 12/14/2005

Sad situation, where the EVIL geniuses get starring roles in blockbuster movies, but the PURE geniuses are relegated to peddling their wares on the Banjo HangOut!

Sep 21, 2021 - 10:25:21 AM
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55 posts since 5/29/2014

There does not seem to be much for this request. I am surprised there are not more selections out there. Many, including myself, find the banjo a little heavy. I am retired and love to play/practice for hours. I did find the slider strap at Musicians' Friend and Elderly Instruments. I also found the strap recommended by Gina. These suggestions seem like a better solution rather than purchase a new banjo without the metal tone ring.

Any other suggestions? I am on the list to get a slider strap and check it out for myself. Less than $30. Thanks for all your help and any additional suggestions.

Sep 21, 2021 - 2:20:57 PM
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Fathand

Canada

11794 posts since 2/7/2008

quote: Thanks for all your help and any additional suggestions.

There are lighter banjos out there. If you insist on a Mastertone, a Ball Bearing model is a pound or 2 lighter. There are tone hoop models, lighter again, wooden ring and non ring banjos.

Sep 21, 2021 - 2:36:45 PM
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55 posts since 5/29/2014

I own several banjos some are Master tone types.  I have known some players like myself who have found that playing the heavier banjos, eventually works on your shoulder or back.  I did not want to take this forum post off in another direction by discussing the pros and cons of the Master Tone or alternative banjos.  I was thinking a  harness strap may help in distributing the weight and reducing any shoulder or back pain.  

 

One other thing both the straps mentioned in this thread are  out of stock, on back order.  I have looked at 4 websites that sell one or the other strap.  Just thought it would worth trying a different strap rather than purchasing another banjo.    Thanks for all that have submitted comments.     

Sep 22, 2021 - 2:03:21 AM

gtani7

USA

1041 posts since 3/22/2017

Here's another for bass guitars gruvgear.com/products/duostrap-signature

Sep 22, 2021 - 9:49:09 AM

55 posts since 5/29/2014

Thanks for the info on the Duo Strap.  Not sure if it would work for banjo.  Has anyone used this with a banjo, or do they make one for a banjo.  I  left a  voice message  at Sweetwater, who carries them, to see if this would work for a banjo.  Any thoughts?

Sep 24, 2021 - 12:40:47 PM

2639 posts since 4/5/2006

A web search for support harness for chain saws will result in a plethora of variations.

Sep 24, 2021 - 1:21:56 PM

Owen

Canada

9535 posts since 6/5/2011

The Neotech strap reminds me of backpack straps.  Some time back I decided to putter at  modifying straps from a backpack, but before I got too, too far along, I figured: "What the hey?  I virtually never play standing up...  my  valuable puttering time could be put to better use"  The "stuff" now occupies bench space that could be put to better use.   crying

Sep 24, 2021 - 1:41:36 PM
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55 posts since 5/29/2014

I  spoke to the folks both at Sweetwater and Gruv Gear.  Sweet does not handle the DuoStrap.  Gruv Gear says it probably not work on a banjo.  I looked up an older forum on this topic and found that JDMC (Janet Davis) carried a  strap that could thread through the j-hooks and provide a place for a guitar strap to hook on.  I have a note into Banjo Ben Clark, who took over for JDMC.
 
As far as other harness straps, like the ones found for Saxaphones or chain saws, They may work.  I am blind and cannot see the pictures.  I would imagine if I called one of these vendors they would not know how to respond.
 
Interesting.  When I reach out to strap vendors or other players, it is not uncommon to find that they have similar problems.  One answer I  get is to get a lighter banjo.  I do own a  Nechville Phantom which is a little lighter than the Gibson and master tone style banjos, but I  have all these great banjos and do not want to spend $1k or much more.
 
For now I am sitting and trying to put a little less stress on my shoulders and back  by sitting in a  lower chair than I had been.  I also continue to reach out to vendors or players like Gina to find a  solution.  
 
Thanks for all the suggestions.  I  still would love to hear what others have done that would help solve my problem, except for getting a lighter banjo. 
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Originally posted by dpdevendra

Thanks for the info on the Duo Strap.  Not sure if it would work for banjo.  Has anyone used this with a banjo, or do they make one for a banjo.  I  left a  voice message  at Sweetwater, who carries them, to see if this would work for a banjo.  Any thoughts?


Oct 8, 2021 - 8:02:57 AM

34 posts since 5/23/2006

I wish some builder would make a tone ring out of some hard wood. Then you could replace the metal tone ring and take a lot of weight from the banjo. You would also have the metal tone ring so you could reinstall it if you were selling the banjo. Should be cheaper than buying a whole new banjo.

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