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Elite Banjo Heads

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The look of calfskin, without shrinkage.
Original Elite head has bonded textured surface and a deep warm sound.

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Elite Banjo Heads
Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
0500-H Elite Banjo Heads Yes
6 or more $15.99  
12 or more $13.58  

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Elite banjo heads feature a modern material with the feel and appearance of calfskin, for a warm old-time sound. They're a popular and practical alternative: no shrinkage or stretching due to humidity.

11" high crown.

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.
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Elite Banjo Heads
Elite Banjo Heads
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5 6-16-2011
Warmed it right up!

Warmed it up, great tone and looks great. I get a lot of compliments!

Mick Downey  Debary, Fl Read my reviews (3)
1 5-15-2011
Elite Banjo Heads

This banjo head was purchased to fit a an old 11" Elton Banjo. It was advertized as fitting a 11" head but it was too large. I found out from tech support that this problem of being slightly "too large" was a common problem with older banjos.

This should have been noted. I worked around the problem by spending hours bending the brackets to properly pull down the new head and making major alterations to the tail piece. Not fun, but it is on the banjo and I'm ready to learn to play it again after 40 years of hanging on our den wall.

Millard  Newport Beach, CA
5 8-15-2010
A very reliable head ...

I use loads of these Elite Fibreskyn heads on "old-time" banjos - they make a great sound on budget banjos with thinner rims, cutting the thin "edge" that such banjos often have and "warming-up" the sound.
Not perhaps the head for the finer banjos but many of my customers can't afford them - they just want the best sound they can get from their budget puchase.

Andybanjo  UK Read my reviews (13)
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