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fourth string woes
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Hi, the bass string on my openback nylon strung banjo sounds bad, i have tried a few and they all sound dead - all are metal wound, is there an alternative - I thought maybe flurocarbon? Has anyone…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Cohen on Wednesday.

How do I find a decent zither banjo?
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Hi, there are plenty of these on ebay, but given the age of them I would rather get one that has been properly restored by a luthier who knows about this instrument - is this possible?RitchieContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand on Wednesday.

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Pär Engstrand replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"I am constantly looking for zither banjos on eBay. The trick is, I guess, is to take your time and most importantly, be lucky! Of course it also helps to know what to look for, in the case of problem areas. For instance, a high action and a low…"
Wednesday
ritchie thomson replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"Thanks, Carrie,  buying from ebay makes me nervous, you just dont know how many problems there could be. I will follow up the names you mentioned. "
Wednesday
John Cohen replied to ritchie thomson's discussion fourth string woes
"Yeah, while .028w is not my cup of tea on any banjo, it wouldn't be a problem on a 26" scale neck. "
Wednesday
nick stephens replied to ritchie thomson's discussion fourth string woes
"Sorry if I mislead you Jody, it is of course a Whyte Laydie I am talking about, circa 1930ish it has become my favourite banjo these last few months"
Wednesday
Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion fourth string woes
""WL" suggests "Whyte Laydie", no?  Aren't you talking about a Weaver?   Anyway, yes, ,028 would not feel tight ."
Wednesday
nick stephens replied to ritchie thomson's discussion fourth string woes
"my WL is not long scale, it is exactly 26" and the wound 28 does not feel tight at all."
Wednesday
Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion fourth string woes
"Ah! I forgot you mentioned that.  Right. I would go lighter on a long scale banjo."
Wednesday
carrie horgan replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"Hi Ritchie - I think you're right that any Ebay Zither will probably need some luthier set-up/restoration work.  They often seem to have really high string action.   I collected one from an Ebay seller when I was in Kent last year and…"
Wednesday
John Cohen replied to ritchie thomson's discussion fourth string woes
"Again, it depends on the scale length."
Wednesday
Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion fourth string woes
"My wife Kate has used .30 LaBella silver on Nylon on her 19th century SS Stewart Universal favorite and on a Bart Reiter banjo as well, for the past 30 years with no sign of warping or any kind of damage. Both banjos are kept tuned up to pitch and…"
Wednesday
nick stephens replied to ritchie thomson's discussion fourth string woes
"John, please elaborate for me, are you saying a 28 is too taught and/or heavy for the neck to take ? I need to know not, because I wish to argue but, because I dont wish to hurt my jo's"
Wednesday
John Cohen replied to ritchie thomson's discussion fourth string woes
"I use a .024w (silver on nylon) on all of my banjos, regardless of scale length. It is a period-correct size. It is light enough to provide lots of dynamics but heavy enough not to buzz. A .028w might work OK on shorter scale banjos, but on larger…"
Wednesday
nick stephens replied to ritchie thomson's discussion fourth string woes
"personally I have found the best string for the job to be a wound 28 from Clifford Essex, it is sharp and snappy in a nice way I guess it depends on what you like to hear but, when I bought my Weaver it came with nylgut strings on it which were ok…"
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