A Site Dedicated to all enthusiasts of Classic Style Banjo
So I was having a look at my old Dallas -- with its old, dry head, and its excessively high action -- and decided that something needed to be done.
Thing is, this banjo looks like it might be a bit troublesome. As I mentioned earlier, I had fixed a major crack in the dowel stick, but the dowel stick is poorly set (the heel doesn't make contact with the pot) which means I will probably have to remove the dowel stick, scrap it, and make a new one... so I'll need some advice as to how that can be done with my rudimentary tools and skills. I only have some basic woodworking tools and a large chunk of mahogany I bought for this purpose.
Secondly, I'll need to reset the head... but there are several problems here. First of all, the old head seems to be "stuck" to the pot. I don't know why, but it might be because it's dried up on it. I might have to use a knife or something to get it off. And the next problem is that the pot is huge... about 12 1/2". The biggest natural vellums I found on the market are 15", which cost a fortune and don't give me the extra three inches which are suggested in most vellum-mounting tutorials. Has anybody dealt with this problem before?
And finally, I'll have to polish the hoop, which is badly tarnished, and I might have to take the 'jo to a luthier to have some new pegs made for it, and maybe dress the frets, which protrude from the sides of the fingerboard somewhat.
Any advice as to what to do in this situation would be appreciated... is it too much expense/hassle?