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Thread #29441   Message #373152
Posted By: Uncle Jaque
12-Jan-01 - 12:05 AM
Thread Name: Help with a 5 string banjo
Subject: RE: Help with a 5 string banjo
If you have the old-fashioned friction pegs, try an application of "peg dope"; it comes in a stick like lipstick, and is a compound of rosin (to increase friction) and chalk or talc (to keep it from sticking altogether). Fiddle players use it pretty regularly, and most reputable music shops should have it. It's a little pricey, but unless you are a full time pro, a stick should last about a lifetime.

If geared "machines", see previous good suggestions.

I don't know how fancy your banjo is, but I'm inclined to use salvaged tuning machines from local Luthier (they usually will have at least one cigar box full) or busted guitars from the dump. Take one side off of a plectrum guitar, hacksaw the plate to seperate the tuning machines, and screw em up to the bottom of your banjo head with the handles sticking out so's ye can muckle on to 'em and crank her up.

If ye wanna get fancy, ye can file the corners off and pretty 'em up a bit. Works for me!