Banjo EW removal

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Got this nice banjo in. Never been worked on before. Started tearing it down after marking sloppy pivots and can’t get the EW out without cutting a rivet on the EW bridge. Simply will not pass bridge as-is. Any thoughts?

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Yes, I think you will have to remove one of the rivets and move the bridge to the side to remove the wheel.

However, you don't necessarily have to remove the wheel if the pivots are in good shape and can be polished manually. Just clean the plate with the wheel in the position of the third picture.

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Yes, I think you will have to remove one of the rivets and move the bridge to the side to remove the wheel.

However, you don't necessarily have to remove the wheel if the pivots are in good shape and can be polished manually. Just clean the plate with the wheel in the position of the third picture.

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Yes, I thought about that and just polishing the pivots with polishing disks with a flex shaft Dremel because they are not bad at all. I don’t want to replace the rivet. Never looks the same as original. Thanks for the suggestion, Uhralt.
 

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when I run into that issue I usually slightly bend the bridge up with needle nose pliers and bend it back for reassembly. Chris.
 
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when I run into that issue I usually slightly bend the bridge up with needle nose pliers and bend it back for reassembly. Chris.
Yep, Chris, I have done that too but this bridge is very brittle feeling so I was afraid it would break. Pivots we’re easy to polish with the disks.
 
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I've never had a problem just pulling up on the bridge and working the wheel out, not bending the bridge.
 
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Yep, me either. It usually will slide to the right and come out but, if you notice, this particular movement has a thin brass strip there that does not allow it to move to the right. It must have been assembled originally with the EW in place when the rivets were installed on the bridge.:???:
 

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Well, it’s back together and running great. Good wide pendulum swing after four new bushings.Noticed after checking that someone had removed the strike hammer and it’s arbor plus the gong and block. I had to make the hammer assembly and found a rod and block in my bone pile. Got it installed and, surprisingly, it works and sounds good. Never got that EW out. Polished well with disks. Nice old banjo.

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