Hardware

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.

FINISHES
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.
Romero tension hoop, raw brass hardware and Star L-shoes

Romero tension hoop, raw brass hardware and Star L-shoes
Black walnut banjo with 12" Romero tension hoop, raw
brass hardware, and cast bronze Nouveau L-shoes

TENSION HOOPS
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.

L-SHOES
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.

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HOOKS & NUTS

Tulip nutOur 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.


TUNERS
We use Gotoh tuners on all our banjos.

TAILPIECES
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.

Romero 5-string tailpiece

Cast bronze Romero STANDARD
5-string tailpiec
e
(Nickel plated, lightly aged)
Romero 5-string tailpiece

Cast bronze Romero CURVED
5-string tailpiec
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(Brass/bronze, lightly aged)
Romero 5-string tailpiece

Cast bronze Romero SHELL
5-string tailpiec
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(Brass/bronze, lightly aged)


Romero 5-string tailpiece

Cast bronze Romero 6-string tailpiece
(Nickel plated)
Romero 5-string tailpiece

Hand-cut brass ukelele tailpiece
(Raw brass/bronze)
Pictures of our cast bronze 4-string tailpiece are coming soon.

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