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For all things related to the use of SKIN BANJO HEADS. Calf, goat, possum, hairy, shaved, stained, pre-mounted. You name it.

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Hide Head on Goodtime Banjo

Hi, I'm considering changing the head on my Goodtime Banjo to a natural vellum. I'm mainly interested in playing clawhammer and old time music and the plastic, frosted... Read More
From krin 7 months ago

Question about calf skin head tension for bluegrass

This question was posted as a comment to an old blog by Jeff Stovall: I copied it here for greater vsibility: "I'm glad to see this... Read More
From jbalch 1 year ago

What not to do with hide heads

I have had a Stern tanning 11" hide head on my Gibson copy banjo which is set up for bluegrass off and on for over a year. I say off because I took it off for a few months in late Summer... Read More
From five-string fever 1 year ago


I put medium thickness unbleached goat skin heads on my Lyon & Healy and Clifford Essex Paragon banjos. They both sound better. I had no problems with either, thanks to all the good and useful... Read More
From CEParagon124 2 years ago
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flesh hoop

   I could not find any 1/8 brass square stock to make a flesh hoop.   I have 1/8, and 3/16 round.    is it uncommon to use round stock?
From 1474383838333 2 years ago

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Forum Post: John Balch 12" Bart Reiter skin Head
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Forum Post: Skin vs. Mylar
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Forum Post: Staining goatskin
Linked by jbalch 30 days ago

Forum Post: Indian Head brand skin head
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Forum Post: Repair Banjo Head made of Hide?
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Forum Post: Take your banjo nut wrenches to Clifftop!
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Forum Post: Tension hoop...sinking...
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Forum Post: Wanted: 12" Calfskin For Archtop
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Forum Post: Wanted: Vintage Calfskin for Whyte Laydie
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Forum Post: RK 35 and vellum
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