Well, I just dug my aunt's old "Harmony" 5 string Banjo from the 1960s out of her garage, took it to the music store, and bought some strings -- the only problem is that I don't know what to do with them!
Is the "fifth" string the short little drone one? If so, why is there so much more slack than on, say, a guitar or violin? which way does the bridge go on, long foot towards the short string (and my head) or the others (towards my feet)? If anyone would be so kind as to help me out, or point me towards a website that can, I would be eternally grateful.