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Nov 25, 2021 - 3:45:30 AM
61 posts since 1/16/2011


Can anyone comment on banjolit vs nechville armrests? I have nechville but find it pretty bulky and was considering the banjolit.

Also, any preference on original or mini?

Thank you,


Nov 25, 2021 - 5:26:11 AM
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35 posts since 7/13/2020

You also might want to check out a Banjomate Thinline armrest. I put one on one of my openbacks and really like it.

Nov 25, 2021 - 5:50:06 AM
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302 posts since 4/17/2011

I've owned Banjolit Dr. Arm "Original" and Nechville armrests, they are basically the same size.

Nov 25, 2021 - 6:51:56 PM
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4332 posts since 6/15/2005

I currently have and use both, but unlike Jon, I find the Dr. Arm has a noticeably sleeker profile than the Nechville. .

Nov 26, 2021 - 6:31:50 AM
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7180 posts since 6/30/2020

I also found my Nechville Classic Deluxe armrest to be bulky and in my opinion unsightly, because the design does not flow with the curves of the banjo, not to mention the wood of the armrest was NOT at all a complimentary color to that of the banjo.
I removed the Nechville rest and rounded off the square corners, which then necessitated refinishing the entire piece. The look was much improved, but in the end I wound up installing a Bolivian Rosewood armrest from Sloan Banjo, which is a perfect complementary color match to the banjo in my opinion, and the shape is sleek looking and unobtrusive. Because the Sloan rest was designed for hook and nut banjo applications, the backside did have to modified with a sharp wood chisel to fit the Nechville’s ribbing pattern.

Attached to the banjo you see the Sloan rest. Laying across the strings on the head you see the modified Nechville rest, which in appearance is much more sleek looking but still bulky compared to the Sloan rest. 
I do not know how Dr. Arm or others will fit. 


Edited by - Pick-A-Lick on 11/26/2021 06:46:20

Nov 26, 2021 - 8:22:36 AM
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1775 posts since 1/3/2004

I've owned both; here are my observations. 

Nechville advantages: they seem to have originated this design, for what that’s worth; attachment/removal is done using Phillips-head screws vs Torx used by Banjolit. (I needed to remove the latter the other day and damned if I could find the supplied wrench or a Torx bit.

Banjolit advantages: choice of woods; smaller, more standard shape/profile that doesn't seem to jut out quite as much; I think the mounting hardware is slightly smaller/more elegant. 

There are certainly some other small differences I haven't noted here. Personally, I still like Little Mountain’s Banjomate best of all, for openback applications.

Edited by - sugarinthegourd on 11/26/2021 08:30:15

Nov 26, 2021 - 8:39:04 AM
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1775 posts since 1/3/2004

P.S. I haven’t tried the Banjolit mini, but I suppose that’s another advantage in the Banjolit column.


Edited by - sugarinthegourd on 11/26/2021 08:41:50

Nov 26, 2021 - 1:31:45 PM

11061 posts since 6/17/2003

The Nechville is sloped for your arm, not to the banjo, for comfort and support. I pick an armrest for me, not the banjo.

Nov 26, 2021 - 3:09:08 PM
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1600 posts since 1/28/2013

I ordered both and returned the Nechville, and bought another Banjolit Dr. Arm. I now have one on each of my banjos. The banjolit is by far the best armrest made. I wish I would have had one years ago. It's beveled and shaped perfectly. Offers total comfort and support.

Nov 26, 2021 - 3:53:43 PM
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61 posts since 1/16/2011

Thanks for all the input everyone. I’m gonna pull the rigger on the banjolit

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