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Sep 16, 2019 - 12:57:17 PM

mander

USA

3778 posts since 10/7/2007

I'm planning to go to Oregon Leather tomorrow to shop for a leather banjo skin.

Is there a right or wrong way to ask about such skins? Is there anything I should look out for?

Thoughts? Experiences?

Sep 16, 2019 - 1:11:41 PM
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260 posts since 5/29/2015

In Oregon? Watch out for animal rights activists ;-)

Sep 16, 2019 - 1:13:42 PM
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lapsteel

Canada

356 posts since 8/13/2015

Not leather but rawhide.
It should be as thin as heavy paper.

Sep 16, 2019 - 1:16:11 PM
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2223 posts since 3/30/2008

Musical instrument skin heads are processed differently than leather goods, & remain in a raw state. I doubt a leather supplier would have skin heads for instruments. There are several knowledgeable people on the BHO who will steer you to the correct product. (If you can, wait for some info before making your trip to a leather shop).

Sep 16, 2019 - 1:28:27 PM
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164 posts since 4/11/2019

Elderly has all kinds of shapes and sizes, I always have good luck with them.

Sep 16, 2019 - 2:15:46 PM
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rudy

USA

14492 posts since 3/27/2004

quote:
Originally posted by tdennis

Musical instrument skin heads are processed differently than leather goods, & remain in a raw state. I doubt a leather supplier would have skin heads for instruments. There are several knowledgeable people on the BHO who will steer you to the correct product. (If you can, wait for some info before making your trip to a leather shop).


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Sep 16, 2019 - 2:59:45 PM
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rudy

USA

14492 posts since 3/27/2004

quote:
Originally posted by tdennis

Musical instrument skin heads are processed differently than leather goods, & remain in a raw state. I doubt a leather supplier would have skin heads for instruments. There are several knowledgeable people on the BHO who will steer you to the correct product. (If you can, wait for some info before making your trip to a leather shop).


Oregon Leather lists frame drum components and rawhide on their website so they may indeed be a ggod source.

Sep 16, 2019 - 5:26:59 PM
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307 posts since 2/28/2006

Mander
I have a very high quality John Balch mounted head for an 11 inch rim that I am not using if you don’t get what you need. Weirdly I’m heading to see my sister just east of Lloyd center on Saturday.
All the best.
Brian Saulsman

Sep 16, 2019 - 6:23:11 PM
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KatB

USA

70 posts since 9/3/2018

Mander, you might like to check out Rhythm Traders on NE MLK. I was just there a week ago and bought a 16” goatskin for $10. Other sizes and animals too. I may not know much, but I do know to look for even thickness. Most in the pile were too thick, look for the thinner ones if you go.

Sep 17, 2019 - 6:38:09 PM
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Kimerer

USA

900 posts since 2/17/2006

I bought my replacement skins mail order from

EnSoul Music Designs, Inc.
2330 Commerce Park Drive NE
Suite 1-A
Palm Bay, FL 32905 USA
Tel: 800.673.1517
Fax: 321.952.1080

They were formerly Mid-East Instruments. They have lots of skins for many different types of instruments. I bought their Calfskin 16” - Thin for $16.10 + shipping. 

https://www.ensoulmusic.com/search?keywords=skin

I bought some a while ago from Elderly, and the skins had Mid-East labels on them. LOL.

Sep 17, 2019 - 6:49:04 PM
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45 posts since 2/7/2017

Goat rawhides are on the right in the main store area, rolled up, they have bleached and unbleached. I usually unroll each of the unbleached ones to check the coloring and pick the nicest one. If you ask, they might show you some different ones with fur on it, they keep those up on top of a shelf.

Sep 17, 2019 - 8:46:46 PM
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KatB

USA

70 posts since 9/3/2018

2 skins from Rhythm Traders. I like the transparent areas. I’m keeping the fur on THAT one. ;)


Edited by - KatB on 09/17/2019 20:53:30

Sep 18, 2019 - 6:58:28 AM
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45 posts since 2/7/2017

The cool thing about Oregon Leather is it's not just a round piece, it's the entire hide. So you can get like 4 heads out of one, and they are about $30 each.

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