Tambourine insert tunneled 5th string banjo

I removed the jangles from a 10" Remo tambourine and inserted it into an old banjo pot. The 5th string is tunneled under the fretboard and emerges in the peg...

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Comment by Mike Parker on February 15, 2019 at 5:40pm

I think screwing it to the banjo pot adds resonance to the tambourine. You are getting really good tone. 

Comment by Jim Morris on February 15, 2019 at 4:16pm

Thank you Mike. I've used tambourines for other banjo builds but in this case the 10" tambo was a perfect, tight fit inside the 11" banjo pot. I pushed the tambo down into place and fixed it in place with 4 small screws. You could easily just use the tambourine by itself with a neck attached. I made one like that with the jangles still on but they got on my nerves and were soon removed.

Comment by Mike Parker on February 14, 2019 at 8:30pm

I have seen many of your youtube videos. Jim you have a great imagination for builds. How did you figure this out. How did you attach the tambourine to the banjo pot. The tone is really great and so is your playing.

Comment by Rough Cut Tom on February 14, 2019 at 6:33pm
Hey Mike: For a natural (goat) skin head, dampening the skin and using a hair dryer -carefully, not too hot or long - will retighten it a fair amount, like a tackhead banjo.
Comment by Jim Morris on February 14, 2019 at 5:04pm

Thanks Mike. I didn't do a how to vid for this one. Hopefully I'll have time for one on the next banjo. These Remo tambourines have PTS heads which stands for pre tensioned system. This way one has only to remove the jangles and there's a ready made banjo head. The down side is you're stuck with the tension that came from the factory. I'd prefer a slightly tighter head but as the saying goes, it is what it is!

Comment by Mike Parker on February 14, 2019 at 4:08pm

That sounds great!! Do you have video show how you built this. I love the tone. How do you tighten the head? I want to build one of these!!!

Comment by Jim Morris on February 13, 2019 at 7:57pm

Thanks much Poorness!

Comment by Poorness Studios on February 13, 2019 at 7:05pm

Great video. Awesome build. Love it.

Comment by Jim Morris on February 11, 2019 at 11:36am

Oh Mark, I should tell you about my first banjo neck. I repurposed a guitar neck and put a spike at the 5th fret to hold down the 5th string. The string ran up the fret board the tuner and worked pretty well. It was fun taking the string out of the spike and experimenting with some lower tones on the 5th string.

Comment by Jim Morris on February 11, 2019 at 11:32am

Thanks for the info Mark. I too have been a long time listener to Rhiannon's playing and singing. She's also trained in opera! I never though about rolling my own tube but it sounds like it's worth a try. Most of my banjos do use the regular 5th string geared tuner but I often experiment with various ways to avoid the cost and the obtrusion of that tuner sticking out. I have gotten used to avoiding it as I go up the neck but it's nice to not need to do it!  Thanks again for your input and information on this topic!

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