I've got a large banjo with a 29'' scale length that needs strings. I think I can tune it to C with minstrel nylguts, but I'm not sure if I can make it to D, and that's where I'd like to tune to. Does anybody have some suggestions for this? Maybe some of you who have Stichter repros have a solution. I also need some bridges for this banjo; they've got to be really tall and made of pine, with two feet. Anybody got a good source for bridges?
Hey John, Minstrel Nylguts will do just fine ... a hair tight in D at 29" but OK, C will work but will feel loose. But if you want a scale length for both D and C, 29 is it.
Thanks for your help! That's really good news... I always have this feeling that I'm going to break strings when I tune up my banjos, but now I can proceed with peace of mind. Funny enough, my favorite tuning is D but at concert A=432, one of the more common concert pitches of the 19th century. The tension should be perfect in that tuning!