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Convert to nylon strings
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What-all do I need to convert from steel strings to nylon? Bridge? A different tailpiece? The banjo is theRover RB-110 OpenbackDetails11" diameter multi-ply rim with simple brass hoop tone ring…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Apr 26.

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Jody Stecher replied to B. Williams's discussion Convert to nylon strings
"Thanks Joel.  Paul passed away just weeks ago so I have lost a very dear friend and I am sensitive and defensive about him."
Apr 26
Joel Hooks replied to B. Williams's discussion Convert to nylon strings
"Jody, I did not mean offence, and I certainly appreciate fine craftsmanship.  I just think that in the case of banjo bridges it is wasted. A "historical" bridge is 2mm or less thick at the top, not a lot of room to worry about notch…"
Apr 26
Trapdoor2 replied to B. Williams's discussion Convert to nylon strings
"A couple of additional notes: With an ebony topped bridge that is already cut for steel, I don't "cut", I sort of scrape to widen the grooves. I may cut a little to get more depth but esp once I have the width, I just scrape from side…"
Apr 26
B. Williams replied to B. Williams's discussion Convert to nylon strings
"Looks like this is what I will have to try until I have a shopping list long enough to send an order to Joel Hooks. Thanks for the advice."
Apr 26
Trapdoor2 replied to B. Williams's discussion Convert to nylon strings
"LOLOL. I've cut many, many bridge slots with an Xacto knife...a V groove with a little judicious scraping. I didn't own proper fret files until about 5 yrs ago. I use the welding tip cleaners for very fine adjustments...my set does not cut…"
Apr 26
thereallyniceman replied to B. Williams's discussion Convert to nylon strings
"If you "need" to file bridge grooves, here is a photo of an original Morley bridge fitted on my Weaver banjo. See how the string sits1/2 in the groove and 1/2 above it."
Apr 26
Rob MacKillop replied to B. Williams's discussion Convert to nylon strings
"On the other hand...perhaps this is affordable: https://bernunzio.com/product/unmarked-5-string-openback-25111/"
Apr 26
Steve Harrison replied to B. Williams's discussion Convert to nylon strings
"Another thing of which to be careful is the hole through which the string passes on the 5th tuning peg. Sometimes they can have sharp edges, OK for steel but they can cut through gut or nylon. I usually file a slight chamfer using a small round pin…"
Apr 26
thereallyniceman replied to B. Williams's discussion Convert to nylon strings
"Of course you can buy excellent, hand made, bridges specially for Classic Banjo from our own Joel Hooks who is based in the USA.   Joel makes the perfect maple "Morley Style" bridge. Sorry I didn't mention Joel before but…"
Apr 26
Jody Stecher replied to B. Williams's discussion Convert to nylon strings
"Furthermore the point of Paul's website, including the nut and file pages were for the very purpose of encouraging Do It Yourself. .... and doing it well."
Apr 25
Jody Stecher replied to B. Williams's discussion Convert to nylon strings
"Paul Hostetter, who passed away a few months ago, never sought out customers. When they came to him he charged them a fraction of the going rate.  He was the most skilled luthier I have ever met and those who had nut notches done by him all…"
Apr 25
B. Williams replied to B. Williams's discussion Convert to nylon strings
"Thanks. I will look for that little-file array at the local hardware store. Is the Morley bridge available in USA? Currencies and tariffs are daunting to me. The tailpiece in your pic looks like my Waverly, and one of your correspondents said he has…"
Apr 25
Joel Hooks replied to B. Williams's discussion Convert to nylon strings
"Yeah, that Fred Bacon had no idea what he was doing. ;-) I’m with Ian on the fancy Luthier cut notches, I think there is a lot of fancy talk that justifies their service over do it yourself. Heck, anyone can make banjo bridges and I recommend…"
Apr 25
thereallyniceman replied to B. Williams's discussion Convert to nylon strings
"Oh yes it is. I have made my own bridges and filed round bottomed grooves with these files and I would bet £1000 that nobody could hear any difference in tone to a luthier cut one. The nut is slightly different as the groove slopes away from…"
Apr 25
Jody Stecher replied to B. Williams's discussion Convert to nylon strings
"Creating proper nut and bridge slots is not quite so simple. For one thing you've got to get the string to depart pointed in the right direction. Read here about nuts:  http://www.lutherie.net/nuts.html and read about files…"
Apr 25
Joel Hooks replied to B. Williams's discussion Convert to nylon strings
""Remember that the string should sit in the bridge groove with 1/2  of the string in the groove and 1/2 above the groove." Except for how they were made 100 years ago..."
Apr 25

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Robert Parker, sound engineer

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Parker_(sound_engineer)

 
    Have Parker's techniques been applied to old classic-banjo recordings? He had a Public Radio program in the '80s of jazz from Edison cylinders and up through 78 RPM, and the fidelity is remarkable.

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