The phto shows the underside of a typical Nechville armrest. Visible is the recessed groove that goes over the rim and the edge that - ideally - sits on the very edge of the head.

I have found that these rests fit most banjos ex-factory, but they fit better if adjusted to suit the specific banjo. Obviously, things like diameter and number of tension hooks can cause an armrest to need some adjustment. The one above has had the tension hook recesses reamed out slightly to take a 10.5 inch head and 22 hooks.
Once in place and screwed on tightly, they don't move.

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Comment by thereallyniceman on January 15, 2017 at 17:42

Thanks Tony,

That is an impressive amount of woodwork and machining to produce one of those! Did you purchase it in the UK?

Comment by TONY BRYAN on January 15, 2017 at 18:01

I have never found anyone on this side of the Atlantic who makes them for sale off the shelf.  The folks at Nechville in the US are helpful and that's where I get them from. 

I assume that once you set up the lathe you can whip them off fairly quickly.  The catalogue price is not great ($69 the last time I looked), so we are not looking at a craftsman whittling these at the rate of one a week. 

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