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Chammer - Posted - 02/02/2019:  14:56:46


I have been trying different means of getting a "plunkier" sound from my open-back: Fiberskyn head, Nylguts, etc, and I was thinking about taking an older Reno head, cutting it down to a smaller sizer, and gluing it inside a normal head, to get a double thickness and - hopefully - getting a different tone. I'm trying different things before I go the skin head the skin head route, due to humidity and other considerations.

Has anyone out there ever tried this?

banjered - Posted - 02/02/2019:  15:16:34


Try a heavy Sampson bridge from Elderly.com I've had good luck with skin heads sprayed with the silicon water proofing. banjered

Jeff boring - Posted - 02/02/2019:  15:52:59


I’ve had plunk with a really thin bridge with a loose head just play with it you’ll get it once u glue it u can’t go back. You’ll get it with the set up

rudy - Posted - 02/02/2019:  16:34:58


quote:

Originally posted by Chammer

I have been trying different means of getting a "plunkier" sound from my open-back: Fiberskyn head, Nylguts, etc, and I was thinking about taking an older Reno head, cutting it down to a smaller sizer, and gluing it inside a normal head, to get a double thickness and - hopefully - getting a different tone. I'm trying different things before I go the skin head the skin head route, due to humidity and other considerations.



Has anyone out there ever tried this?






Within the last couple months there was a topic posted from someone who did exactly that.



If you want to do quick n' easy head mods just cut rings and circles from clear stick-on shelf liner or even stick-on sheet protectors and apply to the rear surface of the head.  Evaluate the sound and pull them off.


Edited by - rudy on 02/02/2019 16:37:06

Bob Smakula - Posted - 02/02/2019:  16:42:09


When going through Remo's current price list I noticed a head made from a material they call FALAM. As I had never heard of it, I asked my salesman for a sample to test and report to the banjo masses. Though I have not tried it on a banjo yet, it may be what you are looking for. The material is Kevlar and used mostly for bass drum heads. it is also the thickest of any Remo banjo head material, .018". But they only make it in one size, 11" medium.



When I get a chance to try it, I'll report back.



Bob Smakula

smakula.com

Austin Stovall - Posted - 02/02/2019:  20:30:49


Try some ducktape beneath the bridge on the underside of the head it works well to give the sound of a thicker head. You can experiment with different layers of tape. I tried that on a bottlecap once and it gave a warmer sound.

Chammer - Posted - 02/03/2019:  05:09:03


Thanks, everyone! Appreciate the responses.

Gerrit - Posted - 02/04/2019:  05:48:11


Try this, cheap, reversible, no gluing:



its.caltech.edu/~politzer/myla...lange.pdf



 

Chammer - Posted - 02/04/2019:  13:21:26


Gerritt, very interesting idea. I might have to try that out! Thanks.

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