Has anyone ever had a banjo that g# just sounded too loose and tubby? And when it is sounding good, it sounds like a Bb when tapped? Sometimes I’m not sure I’m hearimg the right note on the this banjo. Maybe I should try a drum dial. It seems that it’s really loose when I hear a g#. I could be hearimg overtones maybe?
I can usually convince myself that almost any note is coming out of my banjo head when I tap it : ) Therefore, I've resulted to the drumdial as well. In case you're interested, I wrote a blogpost about head tension, which includes some playing examples at different tensions, on my website:
I think a tapped or drum dialed head note should be used more as a reference point instead of as a goal. Trust your ears, then trust your fingers. The head will be tight enough foryou when the banjo sounds the way you want it to. It will also feel a certain way that you can learn to recognize.