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May 22, 2024 - 7:39:47 AM

phb

Germany

4065 posts since 11/8/2010

I was given this banjo belt buckle as a present. Unfortunately I have no idea how to use it. I assume I need some leather strap that somehow connects to the hoop portion (that can pivot about the sockets at the back of the "resonator") with holes to plug the little knob at the back of the headstock into. I have no idea where to get such a belt and would likely not even know how to build a complete belt from it.

Any advice?


May 22, 2024 - 7:47:40 AM

BobbyE

USA

3509 posts since 11/29/2007

Some modification to a belt would need to be made unless you could find one that the resonator attachment let you undo it and loop the belt through that piece. The peg at the peghead end of the buckle would be obvious and easy. The belt I am presently wearing is sewed together where the resonator attachment part is on the buckle so certainly would not work with this type of belt.
Keep looking and you might find something it would work with somewhere if you want to bad enough.

Bobby

May 22, 2024 - 7:53:37 AM
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DRL777

USA

310 posts since 12/12/2021

Send it to Tom Bennett and get him to make you a banjo themed leather belt for this!

TABCustoms calling you out...

May 22, 2024 - 8:09:36 AM
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May 22, 2024 - 8:09:51 AM
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3352 posts since 3/30/2008

There are belts that snap apart at the end, which will allow the resonator loop to slip on. They can be found new or at any thrift store or flea market. I have many different types of interchangeable belt buckles & have no problem finding these types of belts.

Edited by - tdennis on 05/22/2024 08:10:26

May 22, 2024 - 8:14:10 AM

204 posts since 9/5/2013

Years ago I had one like it.
Took it to a local leatherworker to have it "belted."

May 22, 2024 - 8:15:28 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

30200 posts since 8/3/2003

Just don't wear it while playing your banjo, looks like it would scratch the back of the banjo.

May 22, 2024 - 8:19:06 AM

1412 posts since 1/26/2011

quote:
Originally posted by Texasbanjo

Just don't wear it while playing your banjo, looks like it would scratch the back of the banjo.


I have one like it.  It might even eat a hole through the resonator! frown

May 22, 2024 - 8:31:18 AM

3352 posts since 3/30/2008

Snap apart belts are often found in stores that specialize in Western wear.

May 22, 2024 - 9:14:03 AM
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phb

Germany

4065 posts since 11/8/2010

Thanks for the advice, I guess later today or this week I will order a fitting belt from Amazon! I wouldn't wear this while playing the banjo, that's for sure!

May 22, 2024 - 9:26:59 AM

Buddur

USA

3934 posts since 10/23/2004

You wear it to look cooler than everyone else...

...and to scratch the crap out of your resonator.

May 22, 2024 - 10:27:32 AM
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TopoG

USA

129 posts since 7/5/2011

What everybody else said about what kind of belt to use.

As for preventing "buckle rash" on the back of any instrument be it banjo, guitar, bouzouki or similar instrument held closely around the buckle area, a simple trick I learned years ago was to cover up the buckle before picking up the instrument. Use a small towel or a colorful piece of cloth or a piece of suede or leather tucked behind the belt or waist band and hang it over the buckle as protection for the instrument. Doesn't have to be very big, just big enough to tuck in and cover the belt buckle area.

When you're done, you can easily take it off and show off your buckle.

Mark

May 22, 2024 - 11:35:39 AM
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Jimmy Sutton

England

310 posts since 9/30/2013

The simple answer is to do as Don Stover used to do. Slide your belt around to the left of center where the buckle will not come into contact with your instrument.
Such a big problem to deal with.

May 26, 2024 - 5:40:48 PM

666 posts since 11/2/2009

quote:
Originally posted by TopoG

What everybody else said about what kind of belt to use.

As for preventing "buckle rash" on the back of any instrument be it banjo, guitar, bouzouki or similar instrument held closely around the buckle area, a simple trick I learned years ago was to cover up the buckle before picking up the instrument. Use a small towel or a colorful piece of cloth or a piece of suede or leather tucked behind the belt or waist band and hang it over the buckle as protection for the instrument. Doesn't have to be very big, just big enough to tuck in and cover the belt buckle area.

When you're done, you can easily take it off and show off your buckle.

Mark


I completely agree with hiding the fact that you have a banjo belt buckle! devil

May 27, 2024 - 5:01:12 AM

phb

Germany

4065 posts since 11/8/2010

Actually I wanted to strap the banjo to my chin so as to not obstruct the view on my new buckle! Let me remind you that I got the buckle as a gift. I probably wouldn't have bought the buckle myself but I actually have sometimes wondered whether I should get some visible cue on banjo/bluegrass. There aren't many of us over here and we should find a way to identify us if, by pure chance, our ways cross...

May 27, 2024 - 8:19:55 AM

666 posts since 11/2/2009

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Edited by - gcpicken on 05/27/2024 08:24:01

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