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A group formed to collect images of decorated banjo heads and technical insight for anyone interested.

153 Members, Created 4/27/2012 -

Administrators: OldTimeGal (owner)


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From OldTimeGal on 4/27/2012 6:24:38 PM

Hi - This is only my day two on BHO, so still learning the ropes, but so much fun:-)  As there seems to be a lot of interest in decorating banjo heads, thought perhaps a Group Homepage would be good to collect image examples, technical advice from members, and other resources to help out any other members interested in decorating their banjo.  All and any suggestions are welcome.  What would be the best way for members to send images of their illustrated banjo head?  I'll try setting up folders to collect the images in.

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OldTimeGal says:
4/28/2012 4:55:56 AM

I've figured out addional structure to organize this, I'll work on it later today and set up a means for members to forward images -gonna go plant some trees in the rain to celebrate Arbor Day:-)

banjo joe joe says:
5/1/2012 1:31:22 PM

Does painting the head mess with the sound? Do you use ink or acrylics?

OldTimeGal says:
5/2/2012 6:54:43 AM

That was my first thought too, which made my hand hesitate as I brought the paintbrush loaded with ink down towards the head...but hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained...so far, there seems to be no effect at all on the sound. However, I have a Remo head on that banjo, which has a coating. I used various dip pen inks, the kind made by Noodler's, Herbin, etc. I see others have tried markers, acrylic, oil and tattoo ink, on a wide variety of head types. Doing the same thing on a natural head may had a negative result, so best to proceed with caution, and be prepared to accept the risk - which is why I started this group, to try and consolidate the experiences folks have had to help out those who want to try it. I've been busy, but will be back soon to add more to this group.

banjo joe joe says:
5/2/2012 7:14:39 AM

Thank you for the input I will find out if the head is natural on my deering. I figure pelikan ink would work. Old time gal was there any difference in sound?

OldTimeGal says:
5/3/2012 12:25:20 PM

Pelikan ink should work. One of the inks I used contained a varnish, but seems to be o.k. I can detect no difference in sound, sounds the same. One thing to keep in mind if you do decide to try it - effect on resale if you ever decide to sell or upgrade your instrument:-)

vintagewells says:
5/3/2012 1:02:54 PM

I am in the process of painting a head with the name of the candidate running for congress for whom I volunteer. This is the election to replace Gabby Giffords.
Anyway, I spray painted a old head that I had kicking around. It is not a weatherking, but had a light coating. It is flaking off around the edges. I think it might be the result of age and sunlight as it was sitting outside for quite a while. I have spray painted some old drum heads to use someday and they don't
seem to have the same problem. they are weatherkings and haven't been sitting outside.
I shall keep you updated.
I did use markers on this same head years ago, but they were cheapies and faded with time.

vintagewells says:
5/3/2012 1:04:59 PM

The flaking isn't the new paint but the original coating and the spots where it is gone are transparent...clear

vintagewells says:
5/7/2012 11:15:55 AM

That head is history. it was sun damage... so...I am sarting a new topic.

OldTimeGal says:
5/7/2012 2:10:30 PM

That's sad. But with a new head you might have more options. :-)

banjo joe joe says:
5/7/2012 5:19:13 PM

Is it really tricky to replace a skin and tune it right to factory?

OldTimeGal says:
5/9/2012 3:14:34 AM

Banjo Joe Joe, that question would be best answered by the experts over in the "Banjo Building, Set-up and Repair" Discussion Forum.

banjo joe joe says:
5/9/2012 6:43:13 AM

Thank you I'll check


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