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Heads  John Balch Goat Hide Head Banjo Part/Accessory Reviews

Submitted by red dog (see all reviews from this person) on 9/16/2020

Where Purchased: Direct from John Balch

Overall Comments

Decide to purchase a hide head from John Balch, firstly to try out a hide head on my  Vega Little Wonder banjo,  to see what the tonal differences would be. Because I had  never having replaced a head on a banjo  before, and as this product is already mounted on a flesh hoop, It was the most convenient option for me.

After some communication John recommended one of his goat hide heads.

The instructional video  available on his website it made the installation a breeze. It took a while for me to tighten it up to the right tension, as I was worried about damaging it, but it was no issue and now is tuned up to "f" if the head is tapped.

The change in tone was immediately noticable and surprisingly warm and rich with good bright ringing tone.

I am very happy with this product and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to give hide heads a try.

I will most certainly be back for another purchase in the future.

Overall Rating: 10

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