Posted by cbcarlisle on Monday, May 27, 2013
I recently acquired one of John Huron's mountain banjers from 1994. The (metal) strings were tuned up rather high and the (groundhog) head had sunk quite a bit. I took it apart and dampened the head to tighten it slightly - rather than completely re-stretching it - and took these pix of the head construction. The skin is stitched onto a metal ring which fits into the pot rather than being tacked onto one of the wooden rims. After drying, reassembling, and tuning (Nylguts) down it growls like a lion. [Pix in the Jno. Huron Banjer folder. http://www.banjohangout.org/myhangout/photos.asp?id=18436&albumid=7941 ]
Monday, May 27, 2013 @7:02:40 PM
I did my first one that way, and it still works well. I have done all the subsequent ones by tacking the skin to the inside of the pot...with some successes, and some not so successful.
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