I didn't completely read you reply before I posted mine or I wouldn't have bothered, you nailed it perfectly.bill jones wrote:-I looked at one of those front bowls today---it looks like you just pull about the first 3/16" of an inch of the threads out of the bowl.
-the bowl is threaded at least .300" deeper--and can be threaded 9/16-24 even deeper by another .100" or so.
-If the problem was mine I'd machine up some new brass banjo fittings that are at least .300" longer and use the rest of the existing threads that are back there inside the bowl.
-or find some local machinest who's handy at that sort of thing and get him to make you 20 or 30 pieces or so if you can get the price right.
-The price of the repair or repair part can equal nearly the same price as a new bowl before it should become a cost factor.