To Rudy and everybody else on BHO:
In connection with something I'm working on, a handdrum to build a banjo around would indeed be a splendid idea. Several questions regarding, though:
1) would these drums have a single head or double heads?
2) would these drumheads be fixed or detachable?
3) if I'd want standard head on top, but a type of head different from standard for the bottom, would handdrum construction allow the bottom head to be removed and replaced?
4) I'd need a fairly thin handdrum, for my purpose. Do these exist?
Thanks very much for your help.
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I haven't built Rudy's hand drum banjo yet, but I've studied the plans enough to have a go at answering your questions.
Rudy's plan calls for a hand drum with a single, fixed head. I suppose you could use a drum with double heads, but the head on the back would need to be detachable as you need to do things inside the drum during assembly. There are hand drums with detachable heads. If you google "tuneable hand drum" you'll find them. The examples I've seen seem to have only one head, but I'm sure they could be modified to have two heads if you wanted that.
Brian Carver sells banjo kits (and completed banjos; I have one of both, like both). One of his kits uses a tambourine for the pot and head. Using tambourine (remove jingles if you wish) might save a step (namely, removing bottom head of a double head drum). The kit I built was an older one, with a tackhead goatskin head, not the tambourine model.
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