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Oct 1, 2023 - 9:05:36 PM
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102 posts since 8/23/2022

I just finished another banjo build. Long 5th string (still tuned to G5 like a regular banjo). What do you think of the color of the rim and bracket shoes?


Oct 1, 2023 - 10:01:45 PM
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348 posts since 11/4/2012

That’s a good looking banjo!

Oct 1, 2023 - 10:48:05 PM
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martyjoe

Ireland

412 posts since 3/24/2020

It looks good. I also like the shoulder rest.

Oct 2, 2023 - 2:18:07 AM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

27576 posts since 6/25/2005

What’s the rim like? Dowelstick or co=rod? More photo detail would be nice.

Oct 2, 2023 - 4:46:29 AM
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37 posts since 9/8/2017

Well, this LSU alum loves it!!

Oct 2, 2023 - 10:48:10 AM
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681 posts since 3/9/2013

What’s the scale and nut width? I’ve been thinking of a long fifth build.

Oct 2, 2023 - 1:15:13 PM

102 posts since 8/23/2022

Bill Rodgers- Rudy rod style.

Banjobrewer- This one has 1.6" nut width and a 23 1/2" scale length. My next ones will have a 25 1/2" scale length.


Oct 4, 2023 - 5:01:44 PM

102 posts since 8/23/2022

I do prefer the look of the other style rims that I make with box joints. The box joint rims seem to have a little bit clearer tone.


Oct 4, 2023 - 10:12:29 PM
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6273 posts since 3/11/2006

Well, I'm a traditionalist, so the purple doesn't do much for me.

I'd go 100% nickel plated or 100% brass hardware with EVO gold colored frets.

Your workmanship is top-notch, and of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but

if sales are important to you, I'd think the anodized colors might be a deal breaker for some people.

Oct 5, 2023 - 3:07:39 AM
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576 posts since 7/13/2008

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Originally posted by R.D. Lunceford

Well, I'm a traditionalist, so the purple doesn't do much for me.

I'd go 100% nickel plated or 100% brass hardware with EVO gold colored frets.

Your workmanship is top-notch, and of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but

if sales are important to you, I'd think the anodized colors might be a deal breaker for some people.


And a deal maker for others.

Oct 6, 2023 - 1:34 PM
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6273 posts since 3/11/2006

That's true!

I haven't seen many banjos with purple hardware, so you may just have the market cornered.

Full steam ahead!

Oct 8, 2023 - 7:39:40 PM

102 posts since 8/23/2022

Banjowannabev- Thanks

R. D. Lunceford. "I haven't seen many banjos with purple hardware, so you may just have the market cornered. Full steam ahead!" - Thanks for your replies. Besides building instruments, I have a larger business that really pays the bills and overhead. I build instruments because I enjoy building them. My goal is to continue building high quality instruments that are innovative and offer things that the other guys don't. It will not be as large of a market as more conventional designs but, that is OK with me.

Oct 9, 2023 - 12:50:48 AM
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Paul R

Canada

16734 posts since 1/28/2010

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Originally posted by banjowannabe
quote:
Originally posted by R.D. Lunceford

... if sales are important to you, I'd think the anodized colors might be a deal breaker for some people.


And a deal maker for others.


And a mass producer could offer options.

Nice banjo!

Oct 9, 2023 - 9:35:53 AM
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6273 posts since 3/11/2006

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Originally posted by campandstrum

My goal is to continue building high quality instruments that are innovative and offer things that the other guys don't. It will not be as large of a market as more conventional designs but, that is OK with me.


Of course. 

You asked an honest question and I gave an honest answer. Everybody has their own taste, and your designs may well scratch someone's itch.

Really, except for the colored hardware, the banjo you posted is pretty conventional, and again, your workmanship looks top-notch.

Damn the torpedoes!

Best; RD

Oct 9, 2023 - 2:17:19 PM
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102 posts since 8/23/2022

R.D. Lunceford- Here are some of the specs that are and are not obvious from the images: Aluminum tension ring and machined aluminum bracket shoes, long 5th string with geared 12:1 ratio tuners (faster ratio than most geared tuners), Rudy rod with slotted rim for easy neck adjustment, carbon fiber neck reinforcing, most of my builds have box jointed rims (I don't believe any else is doing this), the brass tension hoop sits in an ebony seat and the ring is very slightly short so the head tension pushes the ring down and against the inside step on the seat, the arm rest is designed to put very little pressure on the tension ring and puts the pressure on the bracket shoes, fine thread (32 tpi) tension hooks with machined aluminum nuts, and of course, its purple.

Oct 10, 2023 - 11:26:38 AM

6273 posts since 3/11/2006

campandstrum

Any sound samples?

Oct 10, 2023 - 5:18:54 PM

102 posts since 8/23/2022

I will put up some sound samples in the next couple of days.

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