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Heads: Hide Heads by John Balch

Submitted by Johnny Bell on 1/5/2016

Where Purchased: Direct from John Balch

Overall Comments

I installed a Balch Special Select Goat Skin head on my 12" Rickard Maple Ridge. The pre mounted head was very easy to install and requires no long term maintenance. It installed as easily as any plastic head I have ever used. It replaced a Remo Renaissance head. WOW! What a difference. The Balch head helped me to achieve the tone that I had always envisioned this (or any other) banjo to be capable of. It gives the banjo a very smooth voice. Very present in the low end. Plenty of volume and presence to cut through the mix. Just the right amount of sustain. Most noticeably is the banjo no longer has that annoying synthetic "ping" accenting the notes that is so apparent with a mylar head. Aesthetically the head is simply beautiful. This is the way a banjo is supposed to look. I doubt I will ever have the desire or need to return to s synthetic plastic banjo head. Highly recomend! 


Overall Rating: 10

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