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Skin Banjo Head

Skin Banjo Head

Skin Banjo Head

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Skin Banjo Head

About This Item

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.

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Product Instructions

How to install a skin banjo head with Dan Levenson

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

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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.


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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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