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West African goat hide head ~ Natural ~ NOT STAINED

Posted by jbalch on Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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This head was originally mounted for Craig (Frailin) Evans.  He briefly installed it on one of his banjos.  After short time, Craig decided he wanted a white head on that particular banjo, so I traded it out for a new Stern Tanning Co. hide.

This is the most unique hide I have mounted.  The natural coloration is simply stunning.  It is NOT stained.  These are the actual colors of the hide.

West African goat hides like this are commonly used on African Drums.  They have a coarse texture. They are stiff and seem sturdy.  They sound great!  But most that I've been able to source have been too thick for banjo use.  I simply cannot mount them within the tolerances of modern banjo hardware. But this one is ideal for the banjo and therefore quite unusual.

3 comments on “West African goat hide head ~ Natural ~ NOT STAINED”

jmoathout Says:
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 @9:09:26 AM

It looks very similar to the one you made for me, now on my Galax-Plus. I did put a small invisible piece of tape down to cover the hairs where my thumb might hit. Works great.

jbalch Says:
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 @9:23:04 AM

This is from the same batch as yours. I've only mounted four or five similar hides ... total.

usmc2msu Says:
Monday, January 6, 2014 @6:58:40 PM

Can I still get one of these?

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