I was under the impression that they never really did need a changing. But I am not sure about that so I too would like to know.
One of my gourd banjos that i take camping and hiking and stuff has a set and they all look in good shape except for the wound string which is tarnished a bit and is a nice rosy shade of copper where my finger strikes it. It's a beater tho, been hit with everything from pig grease and beer to rain and snow and held over the fire quite a few times
I have a set of nylgut strings on my banjo for 2 years and they still seem to be going strong.
Hey, Thanks everyone! This helps. I've had mine for about 2 1/2 years. I have spares, just keep them in case one gets broken...
This is apart from my question. I have been watching the eagle cam: http://www.eagles.org/dceaglecam/ at the National Arboretum. I just have to share this. I have been watching the eaglets/almost eagles now since shortly after they hatched. The one is rearing to go....testing it's wings and jumping around the nest...they are about as big as their parents...
Yeah, it looks like she's/he's saying "I'm ready! What's the hold up, Dad! Mom!" Been hanging close to that edge. I bet he/she takes off when I'm not tuned it:-) One is a bit smaller than the other and doesn't appear to be in any big hurry to take off:-)
I changed a set of 7 year old nylgut strings once, thinking it would surely make a sound improvement to have fresh ones on . It made no discernible difference at all. I now will change one string IF I see it has nicks/wear in it near the nut or bridge...but only if I'm going to a music fest or a gig. But no, I dont think they go 'dead' like metal strings seem to.
Ok, good to know. I will keep watch for weak areas.
Well, it is more for the mind than the sound that one might change them. Occasionally, I'll change a set....and it boosts me in some weird way. They are cheap enough to do that.
I have a set of Nylgut strings on my Fairbanks & Cole A-scale that I put on it in 2002. They are showing no signs of wear or any other problems. I play the banjo often.