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Jun 2, 2023 - 8:08:28 PM
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415 posts since 3/17/2005

I'm wondering if anyone has experience with conversions for a 1928 TB2. I saw this posted locally... I'm really looking at perhaps just getting an all new tone pot assembly for my Robin Smith neck; does anyone think this is worth checking out?



Jun 2, 2023 - 8:20:31 PM
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373 posts since 7/24/2021

If it’s legit and local? Absolutely worth a looksy !

Jun 2, 2023 - 8:27:53 PM



415 posts since 3/17/2005

What would I have to do to convert it, do you know? Just slap my Robin Smith neck on there?

Jun 2, 2023 - 9:42:31 PM
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5147 posts since 5/29/2011

Originally posted by MickeyReeves

What would I have to do to convert it, do you know? Just slap my Robin Smith neck on there?

It depends on how the heel is cut on your Robin Smith neck. If it is cut for a one piece or two piece flange then it won't fit without alteration. The TB2 in the photo has a shoe and plate configuration so the rim needs a neck that has the heel fitted for an open back banjo.

Jun 3, 2023 - 8:46:54 AM

78866 posts since 5/9/2007

Same rim as my '29 tb-2's.The shoe's pilot holes are in my rim,but it instead was then turned for its one-piece flange.9469-44.
Mine is .610-.620 thick and looks brand-new.Jimmy Cox said it was very round.
You have a great rim.

Jun 3, 2023 - 10:00:56 AM



2755 posts since 11/3/2016

Have a 32 #2 I converted back in the 60's to a # 4 w/ orig walnut res , 1 pc F , that has been my go to banjo for many yrs of enjoyment . It's one of my 1st necks that is kinda clubby but when I think of where we've `been together , it's a best old friend !

Jun 3, 2023 - 10:21:08 AM

409 posts since 7/11/2014

I converted a tb2 and a tb1, same pot essentially but they can come with three different configurations; 1/4" brass hoop, 1/2 silver hoop or the truly wonderful & very rare (Sullivan make a copy ring) Pyramid tone ring . All are originally a smooth sides pot so your neck needs a flat cut heel not stepped as for a one or two piece flange. So you could for example but a semi finished neck with an 'old time' smooth neck to pot cut. These banjos can sound amazing and are light. I don't know if the lighter weight shoe bracket flange makes much difference in terms of resonance but the old 3/4" wood rim sure helps with tone, volume and resonance.

Edited by - Waltraud on 06/03/2023 10:22:32

Jun 3, 2023 - 10:40:27 AM
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1792 posts since 10/15/2019

If a neck is cut for two piece flange (tube and plate), it will still work on a shoe bracket pot. It may look a little odd with the cut out for the tube, but it will work and sound fine.

BUT, chances are your Robin Smith neck is one piece flange, so

Edited by - Eric A on 06/03/2023 10:50:20

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