I'd appreciate it if someone would watch this on you tube and then answer my question.
My question is this: Was this banjo head tensioning system ever used on a minstrel era banjo?
It's like they used on some early drums , but would it be appropriate on a banjo? I like it because it doesn't use metal hardware which I do not have the equipment to build. And It does give the ability to adjust tension somewhat.
Any advice appreciated
Direct answer: I've never seen an original that used this system.
Indirect answer: Bob Thornburg and Dave Ball use this system on their gourd banjos, I'm sure others have as well. I see no reason not to use it.
Even more indirect answer: If you showed up at the Antietam Early Banjo Gathering (AEBG) with one, I suspect we'd all be hovering around it saying things like, "Cool!", "Awesome!" and "Dude!" ;-)