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Apr 16, 2021 - 8:09:59 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

11139 posts since 6/29/2003

I have been given the above for repair. It ne4eds a new head but I want to fit a weatherking as opposed to a vellum. The pot is 10 3/4"(10 13/16). Would I need an exact 10 3/4" head or one 1/16" larger (10 13/16"?). Also would I need a medium or low crown one?

Apr 16, 2021 - 8:40:39 PM

mbanza

USA

2327 posts since 9/16/2007

First, you need to determine if the diameter is 10 3/4 or 10 13/16. Best to measure circumference and divide by Pi, though measuring across in several places and averaging usually works. Get a head with the same diameter designation as the pot, it will have an allowance for fit. If your tension hoop is 9/16 tall get high crown, if 1/2, medium.

Edited by - mbanza on 04/16/2021 20:41:12

Apr 16, 2021 - 9:29:53 PM

11300 posts since 10/27/2006

Slingerlands are usually 10 3/4” or 11” but you never know if any escaped with a slightly larger OD. Otherwise, what Verne says — a little clearance is built into the head size. No reason to overthink it.

Apr 18, 2021 - 6:43:29 AM

8458 posts since 8/28/2013

Every Slingerland I've encountered took a 10 3/4 inch head.

Apr 18, 2021 - 1:17:27 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

11139 posts since 6/29/2003

quote:
Originally posted by G Edward Porgie

Every Slingerland I've encountered took a 10 3/4 inch head.


Thanks George. If I cannot obtain the correct head here, I will have to purchase from Elderly Instruments. I once purchased locally a head for an 11" S.S.Stewart banjo only to find it needed an 11 1/16 to fit. 

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