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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.

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Skin Banjo Head
Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
0522 Skin Banjo Head Yes
3 or more $20.43  
6 or more $15.31  

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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.
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Skin Banjo Head
Skin Banjo Head
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5 11-26-2011
Real Skin

I put this on my Deering Vega #2, and wow what a difference! I love it! I made my own flesh hoop out of a heavy coat hanger and it worked great. It seemed to be a little easier getting the wrinkles out after it dried a little. It took some time and patiences, but after a couple tries it started coming together. I've never done anything like this before and it went pretty good. Letting it dry overnight before tighting it down really helps getting good sound. All and all, very impressed over the plastic.

72jld72  Penna.
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5 9-22-2011
Fiberskyn vs calfskin head

I replaced a Fiberskyn head with one of those calfskin heads on a Whyte Laydie pot assembly #0910. What a difference, that Whyte Laydie got a very sweet voice now ! Followed easily the joined mounting instructions. One more hint : that job can't be done in a hurry, take your time : let it dry out 24 h, then it will take some 2 or 3 weeks to settle in. After that it will stay stable in tune with Nylgut strings.

Eugene  Switzerland
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5 8-17-2011
Calfskin Heads

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

AlanQ  United Kingdom Read my reviews (2)
5 6-21-2011
12" 1893 A.C.Fairbanks

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.

tallship jack  So. CA
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5 4-10-2011
Banjo Calf Skin

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

Harv  Arnold Missouri Read my reviews (3)
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5 2-24-2011

Great quality skin for my 1921 MandoBanjo looks great sounds better

Larry Inman  DeSoto KS Read my reviews (4)
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5 9-01-2010
Skin Banjo Head

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.

5 8-25-2010
Good Stuff!

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.

Jim Klepper  Beaverton, Oregon
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