HARDWARE NOT SOLD SEPARATELY.
All hardware designs © Romero Banjos.
In the beginning, the majority of our hardware is either raw brass or bronze. Every banjo can be customized with the variety of metal finishes that we have available.
All hardware comes standard as either raw brass.
Plating is an option, including nickel, gold and copper.
An optional blackened/aged finish is also available on all hardware.
Black walnut banjo with 12" Romero tension hoop, raw
brass hardware, and cast bronze Nouveau L-shoes
Our handmade tension hoops are a standard
feature on each J. Romero Banjo.
These hoops are directly inspired
by the old Van Eps design. The tension hoop has holes in the side
where the round hooks attach, rather than a groove or notch on
the top. As an option, we can custom manufacture these hoops with
any hook configuration, including traditional notches.
STANDARD HOOK CONFIGURATIONS
• 10" rims use 14 hooks •
• 11" rims use 18 hooks •
• 12" rims use 20 hooks •
• 13" rims use 22 hooks •
Other hook configurations available upon request.
We have custom cast bronze L-shoes - samples of each shoe shape are below. Please keep in mind that the various finishes you see on the shoes are available on all our metalwork - shoes, hooks, nuts, etc.
Though we strive for perfection, the casting process that allows us a variety of shapes also by nature includes small dimples and pits on the surface of the bronze. We hand sand most of these out, but occasionally they can be seen. We find the benefits of the casting process far outweigh these small imperfections!
For pricing please go to our Pricing page.
Industry standard L-shoes are also available, and are included in the base price for all Romero banjos.
HOOKS & NUTS
Our newly designed "Tulip" nuts (right) are available standard on all Romero banjos. These unique nuts were designed here in our shop, and are available only from us! Custom machined from brass.
We use Gotoh tuners on all our banjos.
We are happy to feature our custom Romero cast bronze tailpieces, designed to allow for a
slight downward pressure and a wider string spacing - we believe they are the ideal open-back tailpiece.
We have 4, 5 and 6-string tailpieces available.
We also have a variety of after-market tailpieces, including Kershner-style and no-knot.