I buyed this zyther banjo on e_bay 8 years ago ; beautiful but unfortunatly the seller was a liar and the banjo was totally unplayable because of an up_bow ; i think the mahogany neck was not well seasoned and was strong

on the bad way , not inwards as one would expect .

I asked éric ‘ s but it was a big work to do a fine job and i hanged the zyther on the wall ; you can see it on some of my vidéos . It is original because the reso is a lonely ( ! ) piece of walnut reading " june 1905 "

Recently i had the idea to fix it myself ; it was simple to do without de_gluing anything but it ‘s not an usual thing ; so be discret and don ‘t tell it to any body .. i have see the neck was curved in just one point and straight_correct between the nut and fret 11 ; and so from fret 11 to the up_neck ; I just inlayed a lil ‘ piece of mahogany wood . The pictures speaks themselves . I have just to do a few French varnish on the back of the neck and i am gonna start to play it ; Thanks to Rob and his zyther videos back to the zyther Bj

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Comment by Carl Anderton on October 12, 2010 at 21:47
Don't make us wait for those videos!
Comment by jeremy miles on October 13, 2010 at 13:23
great job, very clever
i had the same neck problem, balanced some books on it for a few days, tuned up to open A for a month (with steel strings) plays great now
i wonder what strings you'll use
Comment by marc dalmasso on October 14, 2010 at 18:29
THks guys , the zyther plays perfectly fine , i 'll be back soon with a vidéo . Jeremy , i use regular mix of steel & nylon string ; C & G are nylon ; B _ D & lil ' G are steel strings 009 & 011 . The sound is very good and i am surprised ' cause there isn' t a big difference between the strings ' tone . Some books and tuned in A ? may be it was a very slight neck ' curve or a strange neck ' wood ; gentle heat and clamps doesn 't work at all or may be work for a very slight 'neck curve and for 15 days then the neck will be back to the initial position . These necks are long time curved because the wood wasn 't dry enough when the maker made the banjo . The only official way is to make a new neck and it is even worse on the regular banjo because of the 5th string peg ' hole . See on the picture , there is a 5 millimeter difference ... it is much
Believe it exactly like you don't go ino the moon with a bicycle , you cannot re-straight a neck with gentle heat and clamps
Comment by marc dalmasso on October 16, 2010 at 19:05
Yes , Mike , you are right ; it ' s exactly i am doing these times on another banjo with the same problem . I have tried this way on the zyther for 2 reasons : 1 / the banjo was perfectly straight between nut & fret 11 and so on between 11 & up of the neck ; 2 / the neck is glued to the one piece ' reso and de_ glue it to touch the neck would be a big work ( inlays etc ) ; So i tried this simple solution and it works fine ; last point i didn 't used mahoganny piece of wood ( not hard enough ) but a wood we call " satiné " in French ; i guess it is a variety of rosewood @+marc
Comment by jeremy miles on October 20, 2010 at 19:46
did you consider all nylon or nylgut at all?
Comment by Jody Stecher on October 21, 2010 at 11:19
Why would one go to the trouble of restoring a zb and then string it to sound like a different sort of banjo?
ZB has 3 voices when strung as intended. No steel = no shimmer. Why deliberately lose that characteristic sound?
Comment by jeremy miles on October 22, 2010 at 18:11
ahh - shimmer, thanks Jody
just got new zb with combination stringing to learn finger style
also have an all steel strung zb and am considering options
Comment by Jody Stecher on October 22, 2010 at 22:42
When a zither-banjo shows up (set up and "restored") for sale in the USA it is usually strung with steel and it always sounds godawful and is inevitably rejected by banjoists as unmusical. the rejectors don't suspect the sonic treasure (and pleasure) that the correct stringing and setup can unlock.
Comment by jeremy miles on October 23, 2010 at 13:00
That was so with new zb (windsor artiste no2) bought in uk, extremely taught head and low bridge
i got advice off david wade at z-b.org, new strings and bridge and it's sounding nice but needs proper set-up
- great neck but unfortunately it's just a bit too long for me
considering selling and changing strings on my shortened no8 on which i've been learning to frail

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