I am about to start building a minstrel banjo... hopefully a litttle more sophisticated than a tack head. I won't have much difficulty with the woodworking aspect but am wondering who (if anyone) is selling the authentic style hardware they have cast for banjo builders who do not have the casting knowledge or facilities. I am asking here first rather than possibly insulting a builder by asking about hardware but not being interested in their whole banjo. Hooks, Rim, hooks, shoes and nuts. Is anyone selling these early style items to other builders? The shoes are what bothers me most at this time.
Thanks for any informations you may have.