Pop-on Resonator Option
The custom pop-on resonator option is a wonderful way to gain versatility in your banjo. It gives you the ability to easily convert your banjo from a resonator style banjo to an openback. It is important, however, to remember that this option needs to be considered at the time you are creating that all-important dream banjo. The reasons for this will become apparent as we explain the subtleties of the production process used in the creation of the banjo with a pop-on resonator.
The flange, rim and heel construction of a banjo with the pop-on resonator are different from our standard Deering models. This custom option utilizes a tube flange. The tube flange is made of a 3/8” tube of brass that is usually nickel plated, or chrome plated if you choose this option. There are holes in this tube through which the bottom of the j-bolts pass and at this point a nut is attached to each hook. The top edge of each j-bolt fits over the edge of the tension hoop, which is the ring that surrounds the banjo head. It is these hooks that keep the banjo head tightened.
The maple rim on these banjos is turned to accommodate the tube flange by creating a rounded wooden “ledge” of sorts under which this rounded tube lays. The standard Deering one-piece flange requires the rim to be trimmed thinner to accommodate the smaller interior diameter of this flange. Hence the rim on these banjos is thinner than the rim that uses a tube flange.
The heel cut on this style of banjo is different as well. It is trimmed to fit the rounded tube flange configuration as opposed to the broader edge of the one-piece flange. The resonator is fitted with four custom-made, felt-lined clips around the inside. Using these for attachment, you are easily able to pop them on over the tube flange when using the resonator or pull it off when you want to play your banjo as an open-back.
With all of these considerations in mind, you can understand converting an existing banjo to accommodate a pop-on resonator is not done.This is a wonderful option to consider at the start of your banjo’s creation!We will be happy to talk to you about this and any other details that will make your personal banjo a dream come true!