I've always used Prestos, but I recently put a Prucha 2 hump on an old Bowtie and liked it, so I bought another 2 Hump.
I had a Luther fit a Mahogany neck with a Sloan ring and Yates torrified rim.
He stuck some unknown strings on from my case. I don't know what they were.
I played with the set up and messed with the 2 hump tailpiece a lot. I ended up at 90 on a Drum Dial with a Sosebee bridge that is a little on the thinner medium side. I found this banjo difficult to get right.
The next day I decided to try a Presto tailpiece and put my normal JD Crowe GHS strings on.
The banjo sounded louder and better in my opinion. I liked it better.
Was it the because of the strings or did this Presto make a big difference over the 2 hump?
Edited by - jason999 on 12/08/2021 05:58:35
The hump tailpiece is a bit heavier than a Presto. Also it has a big SPRING in it, which is bound to have some kind of effect on tone.
I put a 4 hump clamshell on my style 2 conversion just for aesthetic reasons. I can’t tell any difference in tone between it and the Presto that was on it previously. The clamshell has the advantage of an adjustment thumb screw, which I like, but it’s easier to change strings on the Presto. Until I got the hang of it, I would swear it took 3 hands to change strings on the clamshell.
Bronx, please publish a tutorial video how to change strings on a clamshell without swearing.
On some clamshells you can take the cover off entirely, which is what I do.
Dick, I really should. While with the Presto, the lid holds the string in place, the spring loaded lid on the clamshell does not. The first time I tried changing strings on the clamshell, I started winding the string around the peg, only to find that loop end was no longer attached. And, yes, there was some cursing involved. Now, I stuff my cleaning cloth under the lid while I tend to the other end of the string. This works well. Oh the sacrifices one makes for art.
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