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Feb 29, 2024 - 1:25:49 PM
616 posts since 11/2/2009

Is there something I am missing about banjo straps that “circumnavigate” the entire pot? My non-cradle straps (I use Huber straps), run under three or four hooks at both ends, then attach to a hook. Do cradle straps hang differently? What is the “why” for cradle straps? I”m not putting them down, just wondering. I bought a Lakota, but did not take to it for several reasons not relevant to my question.

Feb 29, 2024 - 1:52:29 PM

Owen

Canada

14823 posts since 6/5/2011

Now you've gone and done it!!!   wink

"Why" questions might fly on BHO, but I learned long ago that they sure as hello aren't welcome in the workplace particularly if posed to somebody who outranks you.

My suspicion is that like a lot of things [both inside and outside the world of banjos] it's based more on a perceived/theoretical improvement rather than anything substantive.

So [hopefully] we shall see .... .

And let's not forget:   If there's $$ to be made .... . 

Edited by - Owen on 02/29/2024 13:53:27

Feb 29, 2024 - 2:24:47 PM

5632 posts since 5/29/2011

Some people like them because they don't attach to the brackets, they cradle the rim and support the weight of the banjo that way. The idea is that there's much less chance of a bracket getting broken. That's not the only reason people like them but I remember that being a big selling point at one time.
I have attached my straps to the brackets for fifty years and have never broken one yet. I, personally, don't care for threading the strap under all the brackets but that's just me. Most people who use them swear by them.

Feb 29, 2024 - 2:32:06 PM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

29963 posts since 8/3/2003

Just my opinion, but I feel the cradle strap is safer, if you will, than any other kind of strap. It goes around the pot, is tied tightly and securely with leather and there's little to no chance of anything coming apart, breaking or loosening up.

Feb 29, 2024 - 3:22:28 PM
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3564 posts since 12/31/2005

Does anyone remember the theory someone posted that cradle straps affect tone by reducing the rim and ring's ability to vibrate? It was pretty funny and proves that we never run out of things to talk about here. The plus of cradles is that they are very secure. A strap attached at two points has two possible points of failure (e.g. A Chicago screw comes undone) and either one failing could cause a drop. With a cradle, as long as it is tied up well, you're good. And if it did somehow come untied, it's less likely that the instrument is going to completely fall. The negative of a cradle strap is that they limit adjustability somewhat, a very minor point.

Feb 29, 2024 - 3:36:19 PM
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1132 posts since 12/12/2005

I had one in the late 1970s. Worked well for me and still have it. It was cool to have one back then. Went well with our log hair! Didn't notice a change of sound at all.


Edited by - Randy Escobedo on 02/29/2024 15:43:14

Feb 29, 2024 - 3:52:55 PM
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616 posts since 11/2/2009

quote:
Originally posted by Culloden

I, personally, don't care for threading the strap under all the brackets but that's just me. Most people who use them swear by them.


I get that. I thread under hooks because I don't want to cut the strap, and there are specific hooks at the "thread under" points, that stop the banjo from rolling away from me, or trying to get around to my right hip, or encourage the headstock to rotate towards the ground.

Edited by - gcpicken on 02/29/2024 15:58:44

Feb 29, 2024 - 4:03:26 PM

616 posts since 11/2/2009

quote:
Originally posted by Randy Escobedo

I had one in the late 1970s. Worked well for me and still have it. It was cool to have one back then. Went well with our log hair! Didn't notice a change of sound at all.

 


You've got a great picture there! Still slinging it over your right shoulder, too, I see (on YouTube).

Feb 29, 2024 - 5:38:30 PM
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1132 posts since 12/12/2005

Yeah, I still wear it that way. Earl did it you know. He told me it was easier due to wearing a hat back in the days with Lester. Didn't have to take his hat off and on all the time.

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