Can anyone recommend a cheap reliable strap. Comfort is not my primary concern more so just making sure it won’t drop my banjo.
I've seen cotton clothesline used as a cradle strap with good results. Doesn't get cheaper than that.
Bill Rogers (Moderator)
I’ve used a horse rein for more than 50 years.
I made one out of a harness trace. An old belt would work just as well.
I agree with Luke . Also saw an ole boy using neck ties . I guess if you have a lot of neck ties you could have a different strap every so often . Kinda makes me wonder why I don’t use …. Oh that’s right. I don’t have a neck tie .
Thrift shops and rummage sales have some pretty nice genuine leather belts.
Remove the buckle, tie it on with shoelaces.
Been working for me for the last half century, on various weights of banjo, from Stellings and Gibsons, to Japroean aluminum lightweights.
Like Mike Gregory says, leather belts from thrift shops make good banjo straps. I have been using them for years. What I do is to cut the belts into 12 inch pieces and then take pieces from several different belts and rivet the pieces together with copper rivets (the post and washer type). Then I braid three strands of leather boot lace together and and attach the braid to the each end of the strap. Tie the strap to the banjo with the unbraided ends and you are done.
Originally posted by LukeL
Edited by - Bill H on 06/09/2023 02:01:58
IMHO the best value in a strap is the Huber strap. Simplicity defined in a solid strap that will last a lifetime and NOT fail with cheap attachment points. $60 ...thats cheap considering what its holding.
I don't know how you define "cheap", but I agree with lazyarcher about the Huber strap. If I needed a new strap, I wouldn't buy anything else.
Originally posted by Culloden
The only thing that I would worry about with this strap is those quick disconnect things on the ends. I would be afraid that one would come loose while I was playing. Maybe I'm just paranoid.
Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean you're wrong
A leather belt from a second hand store makes a pretty good strap. Measure how long you need first so you don't get one that's too short. You'll want it a little long so you can cut it to fit. Many years ago I attended a banjo class conducted by Alice Gerrard. Her strap was made of many strands of bailing twine, price was zero dollars.
I tried the neotech and liked the function of it, but being a kinda big ole boy 6’2” 290 . It was just a little to short for me. I did consider cutting it and making it longer. Very comfortable strap. If your of normal stature I highly recommend the neotech .
Made one out of my Dads old leather belt around 50 years ago. Pop riveted the loop ends on using old copper pennies as the securing washer.
Still have it, still use it.
Total cost : 2 cents.
'WTB Gibson Banjo' 58 min
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