(Slingerland made , 1920s)
Rebuild Banjo Uke
Missing - Tension hoop
Replace oxidized parts with nicer old hardware
Setup to play GCEA
After a long wait of
looking and trying a few that did not work,(Years),
Mr.Bill Rickard in Canada volunteered his services and created a
tension hoop for me.
Many thanks to Bill, visit his website here for more information on his services
When I first got it, I searched out a flesh ring and a head
bearing ring for it
All the hoops that came in were 7" so I sent the rim to Bill and
just let him taker his time, he is a very busy man and you know
what....He got it done
And done right
Giving up was not an option
Grace is a kind person and not a peep from her have I gotten so
I hope this comes as a nice surprise.
AT LONG LAST!
Parts in from Bill
Also to the side is a set of his new 6:1 banjo tuners, I'm VERY
excited to get the opportunity to be one of the first to try
Rim has been stripped and bottom redyed black
4 coats Lacquer
One coat finish on board, dressing the frets
Soldering the head bearing
Getting a new Cowhide ready for it
4 coats on the neck
Finding nicer tension hooks
Man, that new Tension hoop is a sight for sore eyes
Anyone that knows me KNOWS...I hate unfinished work!
Also, the little plaque I have been saving for Grace, for this
There used to be one on the rim, but its long gone
I happened to have one.......who knows.....maybe this same
Banjo world is weird like that.
Its going to go onto this rim, and that's cool to me.
Oh yeah Baby, all original
Same hole spacing as was in the rim....sweet!
The HO railroad spikes now have 2 uses for banjo in this shop!
Hardware all polished and waxed
Mounting the hide
I'm going as thick as I can, I like the tone a heavy head makes
on a B'Uke
Ready to trim
Time to cure a few days
Nicer tension hooks on it now
Tuners cleaned, new washers installed, neck is ready to roll
Heel angle was wrong from factory so I adjusted it and elevated
the neck so that the new hoop would need no cutting at the neck
Ready for a nut and strings
It can cure whilst I order up some for it
She will be singing soon
Strung with Worth Strings provided by www.elderly.com
Sounds nice, good action and tone
OK, she is ready to come back home to Gracie, and I hope she
sees it and loves it.
Many thanks to Mr Bill Rickard, for making it all happen
Thanks for watching