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US4630763: Apparatus for supporting the weight of a banjo in adjustable proportions from both the torso and the shoulders of a player

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Daniel J. Friedman ·
Assignee(s) FRIEDMAN DANIEL J ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Romny Golant Martin Seldon & Ashen ·
Primary Examiner Stephen Marcus ·
Assistant Examiner David Voorhees ·
Application Number US6738449
Filing date 05/28/1985
Issue date 12/23/1986
Predicted expiration date 05/28/2005
U.S. Classifications 224/259  · 224/215  ·
International Classifications A45F 304  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 224204;211;215;216;259;209;908;909;910 ·
3 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

One strap supports a fraction of the banjo weight from the banjo player's waist or hips. This strap is attached to the banjo at the two sides of the banjo resonator and passes around the player's torso. Two other straps support the remainder of the banjo weight from the player's shoulders. The weight carried by the shoulders is distributed in approximately equal fractions between the two shoulders. The shoulder straps are coupled in common to the top of the banjo resonator, pass respectively over the player's two shoulders and behind the player's back, and are there connected together. Two additional features are provided to permit the player to adjust the distribution of weight as between the player's torso and shoulders: (1) the torso strap and the shoulder straps are interconnected behind the player's back, and (2) the connection between the shoulder straps and the top of the resonator is through an adjustable linkage. The player controls the weight distribution by adjusting the linkage.

Independent Claims | See all claims (3)

  1. 1. Apparatus for supporting and distributing the weight of a banjo, in playing position, from both the waist or hips and the shoulders of a banjo player in adjustable proportion, comprising:first substantially nonresilient dual strap means for supporting a first significant fraction of such banjo weight from such palyer's waist or hips while the banjo is in use, said first strap means being connected to two separated points at respective sides of the banjo body and passing substantially around such player's waist or hips and behind such player's back;second substantially nonresilient strap means for supporting a second significant fraction of such banjo weight from such player's two shoulders approximately equally while the banjo is in use, said second strap means being connected near the top of the banjo body remote from both of said two separated points and passing over such player's shoulders and behind such player's back; andweight-distribution means for controlling the relative size of said first and second fractions of such banjo weight while the banjo is in use; and wherein:said second strap means are connected to the top of the banjo body through the weight-distribution means, and comprise:separate left and right shoulder straps secured together at a junction in front of such player's torso, anda connector depending from said junction of the left and right shoulder straps;said weight-distribution means comprise an adjustable linkage, depending from the connector and connected to the top of the banjo body at substantially only a single point, for controlling tension in the shoulder straps; andadjustment of the linkage varies the relative size of said first and second fractions controllably.

References Cited

U.S. Patent Documents

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US2996228 BAUMAN MALCOLM W Bauman Aug 1961
US3357613 IRVING AIR CHUTE INC Chase Dec 1967
US4320863 Lyer et al. Mar 1982

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