Skin Banjo Head

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For a truly original mellow banjo sound, a natural skin head is first choice. Unmounted calfskin; fits rims up to 12" in diameter.

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Skin Banjo Head

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For a truly original mellow banjo sound, a natural skin head is first choice. Unmounted calfskin; fits rims up to 12" in diameter.

Installation instructions included.

Choosing the right size banjo head
Measure your banjo for the correct head diameter
Your banjo's rim may be slightly out of round, so take at least three diameter measurements at different points on the outside of the banjo's tone ring or rim top. Use the average diameter to the nearest 1/16" to order the correct size.

Most modern banjos use an 11"-diameter head. Modern makers of "old-time" open-back banjos usually use 11" (and sometimes 12") heads. Vintage banjos, however, may have a range of rim diameters from 10" to 12".

Choose the correct crown height
Crown height is the vertical distance from the top of the head's mounting band to the top surface of the head. A banjo with a flathead tone ring (or a flat-topped banjo) requires a medium or high crown head. A banjo with an archtop tone ring requires a low crown head. The correct crown height prevents the banjo's tension hoop from pulling down too far, and ensures the hoop won't be so high as to impede the strings.

Product Instructions

How to install a skin banjo head

Dan Levenson explains how to install an unmounted, skin banjo head.

Ratings & Reviews

Skin Banjo Head

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Calfskin Heads

By AlanQ from United Kingdom
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ordered 3 calfskins, all excellent and consistent quality. Thanks also for the fast shipping over the pond.

12" 1893 A.C.Fairbanks

By tallship jack from So. CA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Worked great on an antique 12" head.
Guessing the tension starting location of the flesh ring was tricky but got lucky and hit it on the first try.

Banjo Calf Skin

By Harv from Arnold Missouri
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 10, 2011

I am a first time putting on a calf skin head i was a little unsure of my self on doing this but Stew Mac showed me how to do it and do it well there products are the best you can buy they never leave you stranded and you can call and ask as many questions you need to ask. I am like this so well i am thinking of studying to be a luthier search no longer for the best, the best is here


By Larry Inman from DeSoto KS
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 24, 2011

Great quality skin for my 1921 MandoBanjo looks great sounds better

Skin Banjo Head

By TRUEBANJO from Denver CO
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 01, 2010

I assembled a left hand arch top StuMac banjo kit in 1975. Recently I have become interested in clawhammer old time banjo. I removed the arch tone ring and attached a brass tone ring to outer rim made with 1/4" dia. brass rod bending it to shape. I fitted the now flat head banjo with your Skin Banjo Head. The instructions for fitting are perfect. The sound created is mellow and truly excellent for this banjo method.

Good Stuff!

By Jim Klepper from Beaverton, Oregon
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I discovered that pre-formed drum heads will not necessarily work on older banjos (with small diameter rings). The instructions were excellent. My 60's tenor Harmony Reso-Tone turned out perfect.

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