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I see you’re also asking similar questions on the Banjo Hangout.
I don’t have a lot of experience with tenors or plectrum (long scale 4 string) banjos except for a cheap asian tenor I once had and the original neck of my converted plectrum but in neither case was the string spacing any wider than the 5 strings I have now. The plectrum was a very old vintage banjo and had a really skinny neck so the strings were more cramped than on my 5 string.
But ask the same question about string spacing on the BHO and you should get a more informed response.
With a tenor, if you tune in open G, because the scale is very short, you may need heavier gauge strings because you’ll be tuned lower than usual and the strings will be too slinky.
I don’t know if you have already bought your banjo but the online resources in terms of instruction and repertoire are fairly limited for 4 string banjo compared to the 5 string.
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Yeah, I seem to have got myself involved with two forums. I am asking all I can because it is all a bit complicated. I do appreciate that 5 string playing seems well supported.
As for spacing it is because I used to play bass (guitar) and so two finger plucking banjo I was hoping would be a logical progression.