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Aug 14, 2022 - 7:02:51 PM
31 posts since 12/9/2018

I recently bought a Wildwood Paragon 5 string banjo here on the Hangout. The seller mentioned that he bought it new in 2000. When I was researching here before I bought it, I read a couple of Wildwood owners had had problems with the neck to rim fit-up. They both mentioned contacting Mark Platin and he refitted their banjos for free. The problem seemed to be associated with "early" banjos and went away when he began using CNC equipment to machine the heels.

My question is, does anyone out there know when this change in his process occured? The one I bought has an "odd" (to me) fit to the rim (only about 40% of the heel area is in contact with the rim. With Wildwood reputation, it looks too wrong to be a "factory fit". The banjo doesn't sound really happy. Has anyone else seen this condition on a Wildwood? I know that Mark retired several years ago so it's unlikely that he is available for any questions. Thanks for taking the time to read all of this.

Aug 14, 2022 - 10:51:38 PM
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Peter C (Moderator)


1125 posts since 1/31/2008

I'd try to shoot Mark a line even if he's retired. He was very communicative when I posted my question during the time I had a Paragon.

Aug 15, 2022 - 8:40:48 AM

4591 posts since 5/29/2011

Mark Platin is a member here. You could send him a PM through the Hangout. It can't hurt to try.

Aug 16, 2022 - 10:09:24 AM

31 posts since 12/9/2018

Thanks you guys for the suggestions. I left a message for Mark on the e-mail shown on his Facebook page and PM 'd him thru this site. I'm waiting for parts so there is no real urgency. I got a couple of photos that show what the situation is for him if he gets a chance to respond.

Aug 16, 2022 - 7:07:03 PM
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31 posts since 12/9/2018

Thanks again for the help here. Mr. Wildwood himself, Mark Platin, responed to my questions and I'm all schooled-up and ready to get after that neck to rim fit-up. So, I guess I'm good for now.

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