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Nov 27, 2020 - 7:42:50 AM
24 posts since 3/14/2020

Greetings,
I am very new to the banjo. I bought a Washburn about a year ago. It has a Remo Weatherking head on it. It is an uncoated head. I have noticed that almost everyone that I see playing a banjo has a coated head. And my banjo has more of a tingy (is that a word?) sound to it. I would like to get to be a much better player before I dish out the cash for a better banjo, and overall I am very happy with mine. But, wondering if changing the head will change the sound of the banjo. I did a quick search and it seems like heads are fairly inexpensive, and it does not seem like it is a major job to replace. I would, of course, have my music shop replace the head.
Thanks.

Nov 27, 2020 - 7:49 AM
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1904 posts since 2/12/2009

Peter a top coated Remo will definitely sound good (better?) on your banjo, bottom coated or "shiny" heads usually sound brighter and "pingier" do it yourself, its easy and, there is no time like the present to learn .

Nov 27, 2020 - 8:05:44 AM

24 posts since 3/14/2020

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Originally posted by spoonfed

Peter a top coated Remo will definitely sound good (better?) on your banjo, bottom coated or "shiny" heads usually sound brighter and "pingier" do it yourself, its easy and, there is no time like the present to learn .


Thank you! I have also talked to the repair guy at my shop...I am thinking that I am definitely going change the head.

Nov 27, 2020 - 9:47:07 AM

2343 posts since 5/2/2012

Check this out before you call the shop.  As Nick said, it's not too hard to do.  

Nov 27, 2020 - 10:36:19 AM

767 posts since 1/28/2013

Clear heads are usually used only on 4 string tenors, and even those are becoming less common. The bright tone they produce is less desirable today.

Nov 27, 2020 - 11:04:24 AM
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ChunoTheDog

Canada

509 posts since 8/9/2019

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Originally posted by pmartin9363
quote:
Originally posted by spoonfed

Peter a top coated Remo will definitely sound good (better?) on your banjo, bottom coated or "shiny" heads usually sound brighter and "pingier" do it yourself, its easy and, there is no time like the present to learn .


Thank you! I have also talked to the repair guy at my shop...I am thinking that I am definitely going change the head.


Get yourself the proper sized wrench, a new Remo top frosted head and a drumdial and you're in business.

Take it from me, I'm clumsy and not that mechanically inclined and I can swap a new head on in about 15mins (not counting bringing it up to tension).

Nov 27, 2020 - 12:54:22 PM

406 posts since 5/29/2015

Seems like there have been some discussions on BH about putting a coating on a smooth head with common materials?

Make sure you measure your head size if you do buy a different head. If your Washburn is a modern banjo, it is probably 11 inches.

Nov 27, 2020 - 6:23:23 PM
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767 posts since 1/28/2013

Tony Furtado sticks duct tape all over his head, and the tail piece. youtu.be/cCnqLjSbFDI

Nov 28, 2020 - 1:08:47 PM

24 posts since 3/14/2020

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Originally posted by ChunoTheDog
quote:
Originally posted by pmartin9363
quote:
Originally posted by spoonfed

Peter a top coated Remo will definitely sound good (better?) on your banjo, bottom coated or "shiny" heads usually sound brighter and "pingier" do it yourself, its easy and, there is no time like the present to learn .


Thank you! I have also talked to the repair guy at my shop...I am thinking that I am definitely going change the head.


Get yourself the proper sized wrench, a new Remo top frosted head and a drumdial and you're in business.

Take it from me, I'm clumsy and not that mechanically inclined and I can swap a new head on in about 15mins (not counting bringing it up to tension).


I do not think I would have any issue replacing the head. it is putting the strings back on with the bridge.  I have absoluting no idea how to do this and I am sure that I would screw it up.

Nov 28, 2020 - 1:10:33 PM

24 posts since 3/14/2020

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Originally posted by jan dupree

Tony Furtado sticks duct tape all over his head, and the tail piece. youtu.be/cCnqLjSbFDI


I talked to the guy that does this at be music shop.  Until we discussed this I had no idea that the resonator can be taken off with a few screws.  I might try it.

Nov 28, 2020 - 1:19:41 PM

24 posts since 3/14/2020

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Originally posted by thisoldman

Check this out before you call the shop.  As Nick said, it's not too hard to do.  


Thanks, this looks like something that I can try.

Nov 29, 2020 - 7:00:16 AM

2392 posts since 10/17/2013

Drum dial shrum dial.

I never used one and really don’t see a need to.

 Not saying I won’t ever need to, but have been able to correctly tension a head without one, for multiple banjos I’ve owned, so I don’t think it’ll hurt me not to buy one now.

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