Posted by jbalch on Sunday, June 3, 2012
I bought a new 11" rim and hardware from Bart Reiter for the purpose of pre-mounting hide heads for sale. I'm using natural (un-bleached), medium-thickness, goat hides installed on new 1/8" square brass flesh hoops. The price is $42 plus postage.
Photos of my process are here: http://www.banjohangout.org/myhangout/photos.asp?id=1896&albumid=6932
12" size will be available as soon as I can get a rim to use as a jig....stay tuned.
Sunday, June 3, 2012 @5:04:33 PM
Very cool, John. You will likely need to educate some of us about the merits of goat skin vs. calf skin. I dare say that some education concerning skin heads vs. synthetic heads will be needed as well. Of course, the best education is your playing on your instruments. Will you add a page to your web site with details, order form, etc.? I want to hear more when we have a chance.
Sunday, June 3, 2012 @6:05:47 PM
Thanks David! I've always enjoyed installing these hides on my banjos, for friends and on the instruments I've traded on ebaY. I've wanted a spare rim to use a s a jig for a while. So recently I contacted Bart Reiter and asked if he would sell me one. Now that I'm set up, I figured that I might as well offer them to other folks here.
I use all kinds of hides. Becausae they are natural, every one is a little unique. I don't know that the species of animal makes a predictable difference in sound. I have great sounding calf & goat heads ... bleached and natural.
I like these natural goat hides because they feel very sturdy. They are a little thicker than some of the very thin calf I've had from other sources. I think the thickness is a good thing. It allows me to confidently keep them very tight. That reduces vatiation due to humidity and makes them sound crisp & punchy.
Sunday, June 3, 2012 @7:04:45 PM
John has mounted heads on several of my banjos and each performs great.I like the goat skins as well and I keep mine very tight. I simply don't use synthetic heads any more. If anybody hasn't tried fine skin on the banjos...they should consider it. If you want to make it easy, nobody does a finer job than John stretching a hide or providing instruction about maintaining them. David E.
Friday, June 8, 2012 @6:16:41 PM
I just installed a jbalch goat head on my '26 Gibson ball bearing Mastertone. It has incredible tone, volume and pop. Very fine workmanship.
Sunday, June 10, 2012 @5:46:58 PM
Thanks to all who have responded. As of June 10 - I'm temporarily out of hides to mount.
Not to worry - More were ordered last week and should arrive soon.
But until I catch up - the lead time on new orders is a week to ten (10) days.
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