Supercharge your practice! Take your playing to the next level with the help of a local or online banjo teacher. It is the soundboard of your banjo. There is no need for the "drum dial indicators" so many folks rely on. If you continue, we will assume that you agree to. The bar is cut from a 12" piece of commonly The photo demonstrates its use with an 11" Renaissance head, 5/8" bridge, no stream 1578 It should be pretty easy to find when doing a search. �� C Find the optimum tightness by ear and then find out which coin in your local currency to use to make sure the tension stays at that point. ] /Count 1 question. Hide these Google ads: join the Players Union! 6 min, 'Bach (Petzold) Minuet in G: banjo duet' 11 min, 'RB800 Resonator, rim, & neck for sale' 50 min, 'Explain the ball bearing system to me' 1 hr, 'Looking for white keystone tuner knobs.' endobj endobj 4 0 R It is easy, fast, and more importantly it works. A Scientific Method for Determining the Correct Head Tension For Your Banjo Banjo Setup File #2 The first critical adjustment in banjo setup is the head tension. Head Tension There’s a lot of advice on how to get your banjo head tightened to the best tension. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Copyright 2020 Banjo Hangout. I It can be measured with a straight edge and a coin. Oh, that means you need to do that even if the folks in the store you bought it from told you that it is setup already. steve davis - Posted - 05/31/2018:  05:29:10. The banjo head typically has a firm tension. �� � w !1AQaq"2�B���� #3R�br� Anyone that suggests that the process isn't really about BASIC tensioning is assigning it way too much credit. Before you adjust your indicator of the head tension. I always use 1/6th turns because it's easy to keep track of moving the nut by one flat. �� �� �� For those of you with experience and a great ear, factory recommendations are to tighten it between G and G# on our frosted top heads. ���� Adobe d �� C �f�EХm7�-`�w�1^5�96+]ss�]S �sf�^�+*uc��JK�����bPe�i��AMt�::D��Dӊ�q8��G��_���(Z�c^�������ѳ��O%̸T0!�F����uT`[�F�m���4�M;��� 7v{�dR�ɾ }��n?��=Le`ˇ�r��_N\ڔm���ȇK���&6b8�N���Y�������k`QkO�}b���m��m�hӽ"�S�?�g>���$ơ�$��׏�������3�$��C���R/�?~r���Z"�@;��$���۠f��S��`��}ؽ?����7㼻��ōE_:�lW��u��� ���K����]WK,i8��a�5�q{lM&�+���`%��a'n��! Unlike the tap note that some people misinterpret or don't hear at all, Drum Dial and coin under stick are objective and repeatable. Only one thing for it. This included people who have been playing for many years. endobj This has commonly been called the "Steve Davis method", and I do use it. Heads will need tightening on a new banjo more often then on a seasoned one. <> OldPappy - Posted - 06/01/2018:  10:02:29. <>stream endobj 2 hrs, 'Bart Reiter 11” Bacophone Plus, Whyte Laydie & Bacon tone ring & HSC' 3 hrs, 'Excellent Whyte Laydie reproduction' 3 hrs, 'B & D Sultana 1 Silver Bell Tenor' 4 hrs. mean for head tension. X�7�^��-�~:������j[�+޶�mP7���?�u��N? endobj  Other Banjo-Related Topics ���T���O�ɿ�3xy{x��J��N0]��Ϳ݁�9��V��i�)�\��l[�kA���w���Ńr�XŹŬܪJi���ۦ�BjY`��[�ܶ�j^�VJ��U�X�[Y *4+�w�V\k%Y�u����X��r+*�p�?L�rm%�bYnk(HSn��U����mCh�jGC���\��XY�w?�Ne�>����Y7���8���HC%=I/�h���r�Xqi��Dc�z�n��1)7r�q�࢞��1R c*��]��m�i�/��du%$��W��cjZ0��l�4�T$7��*�(��a�U��0 I believe the archtops I figured had 5 Star heads. At a given head tension a coin with a larger diameter will not pass under the same straight edge as a coin with the same thickness but smaller diameter would. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Because of seasonal changes, a head on an older banjo may even need to be loosened. Do take that in the context of what I originally posted, relating to new players asking "How tight is enough and how tight is too tight?". Only one thing for it. The best head tension for my banjo seems to be somewhere in the 88-90 range; obviously this may differ banjo to banjo but its interesting that the "ideal" value for my 12" banjo is roughly similar to what worked for my 11" banjo. Yes. He states that's how he was taught to do it. You may, however, start a new topic and refer to this topic with a link: I tried to incorporate the right words in the title that would match a lot of searches when someone is looking for that information. Coin and straightedge head tensions are old news.A quarter under a 10" ruler is a G# tapped note as is a dime under a 6" ruler.They are consistant tensions because 11" heads are always the same thickness using a Remo/Weatherking as a benchmark.The 9 1/2" archtop is also consistant in the tapped note (a quarter deflection gives a C note) and general bridge load as in string gauge. E�'^�H�>v�$hW�z|�3���4{Æ�� ՜qsx6�dB������M=�>K��a>�Q��QX�r�����/�ˎ�\W�l�d�Ϯ&͈"Fݷ���ū�ȫ���$�����W?�keV�F칐7�ܗ.L���J4���6����;q�9�|��6��#��g6���L{?����(>?HTw�t;�y±��&��&�;"=�!�B ^m&(���KC��F� � Pk���Q��Ǜ98H6��]�5 �xf 1Á��@�n�~J=���@�\�f�����)F�G�!�-1p?�E����~>Gf�//2I����}~d��|��x^�Y�� pY �gW8������_�K�2#3A�)���ۜ���F�F ��Z������2W| M���`�l����$�^x��T�����^��?g��endstream Practice Tracks for Banjo Pickers Measured from what and how? Glad you liked it, Bart. How much higher do you think I'd need to go on the drum dial to get to a G# head note? Checking Banjo Head Tension Using Straightedge & Coin The photo above shows the basic method of checking banjo head tension using a 7" straightedge and standard U.S. coins. <>endobj "Using the diagram" gets you in the general ballpark for head tension without the head being overly flabby or risking breakage of the head. The problem with "straightedge and coin" head tensioning is there are so many variables that change the RESULTS that simply spitting out "tension numbers" is meaningless. They are not hard and  fast targets or rules for what sounds good on every banjo. ', 'Looking for white keystone tuner knobs. steve davis - Posted - 06/01/2018:  09:49:59. 8 0 obj >> Bart Veerman - Posted - 05/31/2018:  10:28:38. 400+ tunes bundles available, each with chord charts and various speeds. Many people have never had the opportunity to experience what a properly tensioned head feels like when you push it to check how tight is tight.