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Feb 24, 2021 - 4:28:32 PM
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176 posts since 8/12/2006

I'm mostly picking at home since the various lockdowns have shut the bars here. So I have found that I don't need the powerand volume of a regular frosted head. I tried a Fyberskin for a while, but found it too much the other way, ideal for clawhammer but not quite right for the sound I wanted.
I saw some comments regarding Renaissance heads on the Hangout, and mine arrived today. Fitted this afternoon, and it's just right...not too sharp, not too muted. Try one !

Feb 24, 2021 - 4:56:29 PM

294 posts since 11/29/2012

Agreed! Just the right amount of pop.

Feb 24, 2021 - 5:30:47 PM

DSmoke

USA

969 posts since 11/30/2015

Are you playing Irish trad on a tenor Anthony Boadle?

Feb 24, 2021 - 5:41:23 PM

13476 posts since 6/29/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Anthony Boadle

I'm mostly picking at home since the various lockdowns have shut the bars here. So I have found that I don't need the powerand volume of a regular frosted head. I tried a Fyberskin for a while, but found it too much the other way, ideal for clawhammer but not quite right for the sound I wanted.
I saw some comments regarding Renaissance heads on the Hangout, and mine arrived today. Fitted this afternoon, and it's just right...not too sharp, not too muted. Try one !


They are my favorites/

Feb 25, 2021 - 1:56:14 AM

176 posts since 8/12/2006

I play 5-string but I mix three-finger and single string from song to song. It's always fascinating to hear how different styles evolved from Irish/Scottish/English roots, then became mixed together in the USA. Straight ahead bluegrass usually works well with Irish Trad.

Feb 25, 2021 - 3:45:11 AM
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Helix

USA

13812 posts since 8/30/2006

All my personal banjos use Renn heads.  I got my first Elite Amber from Gold Tone; however, from StewMac, I seem to get only Elites which are Renns.  I like the Ambers but there might be too much variance.

thanks to those people who developed the gimmick Fiberskyn that tightens up too fast and sounds like 4 flat tires on a muddy road.

i enjoy learning new finger styles, 1,2,3 finger, the path goes everywhere, Jazz to Caroling.


 

Edited by - Helix on 02/25/2021 03:49:11

Feb 25, 2021 - 8:12:05 AM
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Emiel

Austria

9846 posts since 1/22/2003

Different opinion: I don't use them anymore, neither for clawhammer or finger-picking styles. There is something sharp about their sound that I disagree with. I don't like their look much either.

I use Remo top-frosted in different thicknesses and ways of frosting, Fiberskyn and sometimes Remo clear.

Feb 25, 2021 - 8:18:56 AM

heavy5

USA

1608 posts since 11/3/2016

I prefer them for sound & appearance , but then I'm new at this :o)

Feb 25, 2021 - 8:21:47 AM
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Emiel

Austria

9846 posts since 1/22/2003

quote:
Originally posted by heavy5

I prefer them for sound & appearance , but then I'm new at this :o)


Has nothing to do with being new. Many experienced players prefer them.

Feb 25, 2021 - 3:10:13 PM

Bill H

USA

1563 posts since 11/7/2010

I seem to have Renaissance on 3/4 of my banjos. I also like a bottom frosted and cloudy head. There is something about a top frosted head--they are scratchy and the finish is so fragile. They remind me of sandpaper.

Feb 26, 2021 - 2:53:09 AM
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176 posts since 8/12/2006

I think Mark (35 Planar) summed it up perfectly....'Just the right amount of pop'
What a great advertising slogan that would be!
Maybe time for a career change, Mark?

Feb 26, 2021 - 5:25:35 AM

294 posts since 11/29/2012

From DPH social worker on the COVID-19 team to ad rep would be a shift Tony! I wish I could take credit, but I'm certain that phrase existed somewhere on the Hangout.
: )

Feb 26, 2021 - 6:57:03 AM
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176 posts since 8/12/2006

Stay right where you are Mark! Global health takes priority over advertising. God bless you and all frontline workers worldwide.
Stay safe.

Feb 26, 2021 - 1:33:02 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

24584 posts since 6/25/2005

The Ren head was originally developed for tympani, to get around the typical skin head issues and produce a sound close as possible to typical tympani skin heads. WK tried the plastic formula for banjos and found a great response, so there’s your origin story. I have either Rens or skins on my openbacks.

Feb 26, 2021 - 3:08:34 PM

263 posts since 6/15/2006

I have on an open back Kasuga tubaphone one of these skintone heads from Deering, and am very happy with it. The sound is between fiber and renn. heads, I should say a little closer to fiber, - but not too much - only a little. It looked more like a skin head than the fiber heads do, and I have given it a very thin spray of creemy white on the back side, so now it looks exactly like a cow skin. Does it sound like skin? Ah. A good skin head has something that is hard to equal, but it sounds great for claw and other things on this banjo and has more snap than the fiber skins have. I can recommend it, buy don´t know if other people will like it as well. It was also a little expensive, but I have no plan of changing it, until it breaks or does not work for other reasons. Steen

Edited by - steen on 02/26/2021 15:12:11

Feb 26, 2021 - 5:33:09 PM

130 posts since 1/7/2019

Only Renns on mine for now. I really like the sound and they look great too.




Feb 28, 2021 - 8:15:30 PM
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Helix

USA

13812 posts since 8/30/2006

I agree


 

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