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ABM 4554 Banjo Tailpiece

ABM 4554 Banjo Tailpiece

ABM 4554 Banjo Tailpiece Tensionator, 4-string, made from solid bell brass, string spacing: 26,5 mm, finish: nickel

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Excellent "Oettinger" style tailpiece

Mike Floorstand, 08.11.2015

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I love this - very nicely designed tenor or plectrum (i.e. four string) banjo tailpiece known as a "tensionator" (or Oettinger style), nicely made by ABM in Germany.

Not only looks great but is very practical. It works with either loop-end or ball-end strings, with each string attached to a small post at the tail-end of its own individual arm or finger, then passes along a groove in the arm and under a small nub at the other end. Sounds complicated but it actually makes it really easy to change strings compared to most other banjo tailpieces.

The design of the tensionator, as the name suggests, makes it possible to make fine adjustments to the tension - because each string has its own arm, the tension can be adjusted on each string individually by turning the thumbscrew (slotted so its easier to turn it with a screwdriver) below the string post on each arm. The fine adjustments are not for tuning, but to correct a problem inherent to the tenor banjo - that typically the tension of the first string (the A string on jazz tenor or E for Irish) is much higher than the fourth string (C or G). This puts uneven pressure on the bridge and can affect the evenness of tone and volume across the four strings. The tensionator allows you to correct this by tightening the fourth string arm closer to the head and loosening the first string to move it further away - increasing and decreasing the "break angle" respectively.

I use this on my open-back tenor banjo but some people might prefer them on a resonator, as the string posts and thumbscrews do stick out a little - not that they are sharp or uncomfortable, more of an aesthetic thing as you might think it spoils the simple outline of the open-back.

Overall a fine product and a great piece of German engineering :)
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item number 283669
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available since May 2012
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