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Heads  John Balcch Hide Head Banjo Part/Accessory Reviews

Submitted by lucas73b (see all reviews from this person) on 10/27/2016

Where Purchased: John Balch

Overall Comments

 A couple of months ago I purchased a 4-star, pre-mounted goat skin head from John Balch.  
When I ordered the head, John promptly replied to my e-mail and he mounted and shipped the head within about a week.
The head that John sent me looked very pretty and expertly mounted. Installing it on my banjo was very easy: exactly the same as putting on a mylar head.

Now that the head has more or less settled in, it exceeds by far my expectations:
The banjo produces the sweet, mellow tone I hoped for. Moreover, much better than before, the banjo now sounds well balanced over the whole tonal range: whether you play the low notes or high upon the neck, it just sounds great.
I could not be happier, and warmly recommend John's products.


Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Tomasi1949 (see all reviews from this person) on 6/27/2014

Where Purchased: Direwct from John Balch

Overall Comments

For the past few months I have converted about five banjos from Renaissance "plastic" heads to hide heads from John Balch. I have purchased 11" and 12" heads. Some were plain. Others were mottled or stained. The heads fit my banjos without any issues.  In my opinion the sound of the banjos are fuller with a little more "thumping" bass.  

John provides excellent service in addition to a selling  wonderful products. My recommendation for adjusting your tone is to try a skin head. It really can make a difference. However, if you reall want a totally bright, tinny sound a plastic head may work best for you.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by shannonhearne (see all reviews from this person) on 7/31/2012

Where Purchased: John Balch

Overall Comments

I just "installed" a pre-mounted stained Calf Skin Head made by John Balch.

The Head is one of the most beautiful I have seen, and mounting the Head could not have been easier.

I cannot recommend John's Heads more hhighly!

Overall Rating: 10

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