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Nov 28, 2021 - 10:24:39 AM
39 posts since 9/5/2021

Hello,

I am beginner player. I have been practicing sitting down. I bought a neoprene banjo strap based on a video about straps, but it is too long. No matter how I try it the banjo doesn't stay up high enough, even if I tie knots in the strap. Is there a shorter banjo strap out there? Or am I doing it wrong?

Nov 28, 2021 - 11:31:26 AM
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2663 posts since 5/2/2012

I think there is quite a bit of adjustability in the straps. If it's a Perri's strap, it can range from 44 to 57 inches, and a Neotech slimline from 44-50 (regular version) . Neotech makes the slimline in 2 lengths, a short and a long version. My first guess, though, is that it may have to do with the attachment points on the banjo. Can you describe where you have the ends of the strap connected to the banjo? Do you wear it over one shoulder or around your back?

Edited by - thisoldman on 11/28/2021 11:33:33

Nov 28, 2021 - 2:06:58 PM

BobbyE

USA

2997 posts since 11/29/2007

Most straps are fairly adjustable as has already been stated. I do not have the strap you mentioned but my strap does attach to my banjo at about the 4th or 5th hook under the pot counting from the neck and the tailpiece. Also, if possible, run the strap under the hooks if there is enough room t do so. About one hook before and under the tailpiece and the hook closest to the neck, or the next one down, if you can't get it under the one closest to the neck.
Just picking a couple of hooks to attach the banjo to is little more than hanging the banjo around your neck which is not going to be very comfortable. Any pictures you might be able to post would also go a long way to help in seeing what exactly is going on. Good luck.

Bobby

Nov 28, 2021 - 6:04:57 PM

12579 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Banannajo

... am I doing it wrong?


Hi, Diane.

We don't know if you're doing it wrong because we don't know what you bought, how nd where you're attaching the strap, or whether the strap has any method of adjusting its length.

So post a link to what you bought, or just tell us the brand and model, and describe how you've attached it. Someone with that type of strap will be able to help you right away.

Did you see the strap demonstrated in the video that promptedyou to buy it?

Nov 28, 2021 - 7:32:26 PM

39 posts since 9/5/2021

Here is a photograph of the strap. I had it connected on two rods past the tail piece on the bottom side and next to the neck on top. So in this position I tied knots in the adjustable part of the strap, one knot on each side. This is with the straps adjusted to their shortest length. Which was still too long.
After posting I moved the strap to the bottom side of the neck and then brought it up behind the neck, which is what the video said will cause the banjo to tilt forward. I did this because I've watched a few videos and looking at the straps they are mostly located there. This did work better but the knots are uncomfortable. And the banjo does indeed want to tilt forward.
I wear it so the strap goes over my left shoulder then around my back.
When learning to use a strap is it always uncomfortable?
I can't say what size or brand the strap is as I've had it for a month or so now and threw away the package. It was just a neoprene strap I found in Amazon. I do like it, but it seems having it attach on the bottom side of the head, both past the tail piece and the neck and tying knots makes it just too long.

Nov 28, 2021 - 7:37:05 PM

39 posts since 9/5/2021

/Users/dianestevenson/Desktop/IMG_1722.jpg

Nov 28, 2021 - 7:39:56 PM

39 posts since 9/5/2021

I am trying to attach a photo but can't figure it out. I upload a photo, name it etc... they give space for three of them. then it says my attachment list is empty. I don't see anything I can do to attach the photo. If I drag the photo into the attachment apace it says not allowed. So I'm confused about how to attach a photo.

Nov 29, 2021 - 2:46:14 AM

Bill H

USA

1789 posts since 11/7/2010

You need to upload photos to your home page. I don't see any photos there. Once you have photos on your home page, they should appear in the attachment list under the text box.

Nov 29, 2021 - 3:09:20 AM

127 posts since 11/9/2021

I too would like strap suggestions. Need a nice W-I-D-E strap where it goes over my shoulder / neck. Suggestions?

Nov 29, 2021 - 5:25:25 AM

12579 posts since 6/2/2008

You have to hit the Upload Photos button twice: Once to bring up the button(s) for choosing the photo(s) on your computer to upload and then a second time to actually upload them.

Nov 29, 2021 - 6:20:09 AM

2663 posts since 5/2/2012

A picture would definately help. Having the strap "under" the neck will help with balance, as will moving the other end "above" (not past) the tailpiece. And no, using a strap should not be uncomfortable.

Nov 29, 2021 - 4:35:43 PM

12579 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Banannajo

I can't say what size or brand the strap is as I've had it for a month or so now and threw away the package. It was just a neoprene strap I found in Amazon. 


The strap will be in your orders history, easily accessible from any page in Amazon. At the top right immediately below where it says "Hello, Diane" (or whatever name you use on Amazon), it will say in bigger letters Account & Lists. Hover the cursor over that and a big window of links opens up. Top right of that window is a coloumn heading "Your Account" and two items below that is Orders. 

Click "Orders" and you'll go to your orders history. Default page is last 3 months. The strap should be there. If not, select 2021 from the drop down menu to bring up all your orders fro this year. Or go to the "Search all orders" search box and enter "strap."

Once you find the strap, go to its page, copy the link and then paste it here. We'll see what you bought and will have more informed ideas on how to use it.

Nov 29, 2021 - 6:37:13 PM

mrbook

USA

2038 posts since 2/22/2006

A couple years ago I bought a neoprene strap and found it was very comfortable. I ordered another, and later a third. I put the third one on a new banjo recently and discovered it was a larger size - I could never shorten it enough to fit my 5'6" body. Everything about it is bigger than the other two - I thought it was a nicer model, but didn't realize it was also for bigger people.

Nov 30, 2021 - 4:06:15 PM

39 posts since 9/5/2021

Found it in my history on Amazon. Here is the description, Perri's Leathers Ltd. - Banjo Strap - Neoprene - Padded - Black - Adjustable - Made in Canada (P35NBJ-7069) FUNTIONALITY : 3.5" Inch Wide, adjustable length 44.5" to 57" Inch for optimal fit; non-slip, durable, comfortable, great looking and functional.

Is this a standard size? or are there smaller sizes?

Nov 30, 2021 - 4:07:59 PM

39 posts since 9/5/2021

I chose the neoprene because of shoulder and back issues. But if there is a strap that would fit better, I'd sacrifice the neoprene.

Nov 30, 2021 - 4:16:12 PM

39 posts since 9/5/2021

Here is a photo of the strap. I was able to upload it to my home page but not sure how to get it to this thread.

Nov 30, 2021 - 4:36:30 PM
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2663 posts since 5/2/2012

On each of the straps, you have a "slider" (don't know the actual name of that part) that you can use to shorten or lengthen that part of the strap. Try moving the "sliders" towards (away from the wide part of the strap the part that snaps into the loop that you attach to the banjo hooks. I think that's right, but if it makes it longer, move the sliders towards the wide part that goes over your shoulder.

Nov 30, 2021 - 5:14:33 PM

2663 posts since 5/2/2012

Clearer I hope: Move the "sliders" towards the part that snaps into the loop you attach to the banjo hooks. Or in other words, away from the wide part of the strap.

Nov 30, 2021 - 6:52:55 PM

39 posts since 9/5/2021

The sliders have been adjusted to their shortest length. I'm thinking I need a shorter strap.

Nov 30, 2021 - 7:59:58 PM
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12579 posts since 6/2/2008

It looks like the strap in the left of the picture can be shortened a lot. I think moving the slider/adjuster left -- toward the pronged connector-- will take up strap and shorten it.

Dec 2, 2021 - 4:52:04 PM
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mrbook

USA

2038 posts since 2/22/2006

I shortened the Perri's strap as much as I could, and hung it on the lowest hooks I could and still have it balance, and the banjo hung at least 4" lower than I wanted it to hang. I have never had a problem with any other strap, including my other neoprene one.

Dec 9, 2021 - 9:55:53 PM
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26 posts since 5/21/2021

quote:
Originally posted by wrench13

I too would like strap suggestions. Need a nice W-I-D-E strap where it goes over my shoulder / neck. Suggestions?


This is one I have.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000XPSQQ2?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_dt_b_product_details

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