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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    Steve,
    I've been exploring the mini banjo, and I really don't have the jingle to spend on one. What do you know about converting a banjouke to a mini banjo?
    Thanks
    Would not try to do it. It's the old "steel strings on instrument designed for nylon strings" issue. Unless the instrument has the appropriate (and well braced) tailpiece and proper tuners, the dangers far outweigh the potential gain. I just went through this discussion with a relative who got a classical guitar and was considering steel strings for it.
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    Oh, no, it would remain a nylon string banjo, it would just have the 5th 'drone' string for my thumb to pick, like Earl Scruggs and other fabulous pickers. It already has a 5 string tailpiece, so why not? I just don't know how to attach a tuner to the neck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    Oh, no, it would remain a nylon string banjo, it would just have the 5th 'drone' string for my thumb to pick, like Earl Scruggs and other fabulous pickers. It already has a 5 string tailpiece, so why not? I just don't know how to attach a tuner to the neck.
    That extra tuner would seem to be "major modification." I don't know how to extend the width of the neck to accommodate it.
    ...SteveZ

    Ukuleles: Oscar Schmidt OU28T (T8), Lanikai LU-6 (T6), RISA Solid (C), Effin UkeStart (C), Flea (S)**
    Banjo-Ukes: Duke 10 (T)*, Lanikai LB6-S (S)*
    Tenor Guitars: Martin TEN515, Blueridge BR-40T
    Tenor Banjo: Deering Goodtime 17-Fret
    Mandolin: Burgess (#7)***

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    I have some photos of someone else's work, but they don't show enough detail. The fifth string just hangs outside the fretboard and isn't fretted, because it's picked as a drone.

    tuner and pip.jpg

    tuner and pip2.jpg
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    It's great to see what others think of thid and it does open my views up a bit and yes I suppose I keep my banjo uke for certain types of music usually bluegrass / old time mountain (I am ashamed to admit I do find it hard to differentiate ) and also reliving old Irish songsfrom my solo folk club days.I would certainly follow such group closely as I'm quite a novice on the instrument compsred to many on here, by the way Jim the 2 links you highlight do not seem to be available to general members

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Yates View Post
    There are these two groups for banjolele players:

    1. https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...hp?groupid=145

    2. https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...hp?groupid=113

    Neither of them has seen much action lately.
    I just joined both groups, it was easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    I just joined both groups, it was easy.
    My experience with the various groups within "community" has been disappointing. The banjo-uke (and many other) groups start out for a short time with a few folk joining, making a couple posts and then drifting off. If one checks the group's posting history, many groups die off as fast as they are born. Don't know why, but the phenomenum is widespread.
    ...SteveZ

    Ukuleles: Oscar Schmidt OU28T (T8), Lanikai LU-6 (T6), RISA Solid (C), Effin UkeStart (C), Flea (S)**
    Banjo-Ukes: Duke 10 (T)*, Lanikai LB6-S (S)*
    Tenor Guitars: Martin TEN515, Blueridge BR-40T
    Tenor Banjo: Deering Goodtime 17-Fret
    Mandolin: Burgess (#7)***

    * CGDA reentrant, **DAEB, ***GDAE, The rest are CGDA

    The inventory is always in some flux, but that's part of the fun.

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    Well, maybe we can rekindle the old ashes!
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

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    Has anyone played the Flea Fly banjo uke yet?
    I played one that a friend bought.
    Wow, it weighs - nothing.
    Such tone, and great volume. I got the hots for one, but I need to calm down on buying....jeez.
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

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