Considering reinstalling an old hide head or an NOS hide head on one of my banjos. Both already have flesh hoops in place. Do I need to wet the skin to install on the banjo or can I just put one on like it was a mylar head and crank the tension on?
Thanks in advance,
When a skin head is taken off an instrument it begins to shrink & change the collar. It a good idea to slightly dampen the head when reinstalling, & allow some time for the collar to reshape itself on the edge. the tension hooks can be very slightly tightened to get the right collar fit. Allow it to thoroughly dry & then it will be ready to tune up to standard.
I would install it dry without over cranking the hooks to see where the tension hoop rests. If the hoop goes too low then you will probably need a new skin head. If the hoop sits about right then you probably don't need to wet it. If the hoop is too high then you will need to dampen it before cranking down to the correct height.
Hope that makes sense.
Just seeing the responses. Thanks, guys; all makes sense!
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