Tightening a new banjo head is not for the faint of heart! The tighter it gets, the crisper it gets.
But be sure to remember Earl Scruggs's advice on tightening a new banjo head - "Tighten it until it's just about to break" LOL
Thanks Mac. I checked it out and found something interesting. In the video, it appears that the banjo has three large white rectangles on the fretboard instead of white dots. The banjo Bob is holding on the String Along album cover is all white dots. Two different banjos obviously. I'm thinking of buying this plectrum. I called Elderly today to ask if the would take off the resonator for me, at a cost of course. The salesman was going to get back to me but I haven't heard anything yet. I'm afraid to do it because I've never, in sixty years of owning banjos, had to replace a head. Twice I had it done professionally. But I'm afraid I'll screw something up tightening up all the nuts around the rim, and not get the head in tune. If they can take it off, I'm buying it. At that price, why not?
Yes, this is the same banjo as on the cover of String Along, minus the resonator and the flanges.
Bob owned at least one other Vega plectrum, a high-end Professional Model. This model is structurally equivalent to the Pete Seeger. To see Bob with this banjo, go to Jim Moran's Comparative Video -> June 2011 -> Remembering Nick Reynolds, then scroll down to Worried Man and stop at 1:38.
Compared to the String Along album cover, it looks just like it. except for the resonator.
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