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Nov 28, 2023 - 5:09:34 PM
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10 posts since 11/26/2023

I'd been wanting a more mellow sound, so I took the resonator off my Recording King RK-R20. Really happy with it, loosened up the head tension as well, it was super tight. Call me a fool, but I had no idea you could remove a resonator until a little while ago, I figured it was just a solid attachment. I cannot get over how much more expensive this banjo model has gotten since I paid 200-ish for it sometime around 2010. Claw-hammer sounds much better now.




 

Nov 28, 2023 - 6:05:51 PM
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banjo roo

Australia

218 posts since 5/12/2010

I did the same with my old Fender when I started getting more interested in clawhammer.
Don't lose the attachments. I wanted to put mine back on recently, but lost bits of the hardware to do it

Nov 28, 2023 - 6:10:11 PM
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1881 posts since 2/21/2011

Welcome to the world of open-back banjos!  I hope you enjoy your stay, and may your stay be long, happy and musically fruitful...!

Nov 29, 2023 - 4:27:39 AM
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Eric A

USA

1830 posts since 10/15/2019

Once you feel empowered to start tinkering like that, it's a slippery slope! Enjoy the ride!

Nov 29, 2023 - 5:19:49 AM
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15695 posts since 6/29/2005

Good for you for figuring out how to do that!

I played my 1927 Granada for around 15 years without the resonator, both for bluegrass and other styles— never missed it.  At one point, a friend, who was the conductor of the orchestra my wife played in wanted to hear my banjo and I played it for him. He wanted to know what it would sound like with the resonator, so I put the resonator back on (It's not hard to do with a tube-and-plate) and played it with the resonator. His reaction was it was a good-sounding banjo—why would I ever want the resonator on it?

I make banjos with easily removable banjo / flange assemblies, so have numerous sound files of banjos with and with resonators, and it's difficult to tell which is which.  Of course,on a bluegrass banjo, it's expected, so you pretty much have to have one or it just doesn't look right.

Nov 29, 2023 - 5:28:24 AM
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Helix

USA

17443 posts since 8/30/2006

Yours is a shoe and plate, well done.

Nov 29, 2023 - 2:59:56 PM
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10 posts since 11/26/2023

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Originally posted by banjo roo

I did the same with my old Fender when I started getting more interested in clawhammer.
Don't lose the attachments. I wanted to put mine back on recently, but lost bits of the hardware to do it


So true. I've got them all in an old bait box in hopes I won't do the same. 

Nov 29, 2023 - 3:01:25 PM

10 posts since 11/26/2023

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Originally posted by Stu D Baker-Hawk

Welcome to the world of open-back banjos!  I hope you enjoy your stay, and may your stay be long, happy and musically fruitful...!


It does sound a lot better in my opinion. It was a gnarly form of twangy prior to taking that off, and wouldn't stay in tune well. Found loose parts in the resonator so that solves that. 

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