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Sep 25, 2021 - 4:50:05 PM
34 posts since 3/2/2021

I've started taking apart my old Stewart to clean and restore. When I got the old head off the flesh hoop, there's some white fabric twisted around the hoop... It's fraying at the ends (where the ends of the hoop overlap).
So, I assume I want to keep this fabric, right? and what's the best way to keep it from fraying? or does that matter once I get the skin on it?

Sep 25, 2021 - 5:08:50 PM
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1538 posts since 5/19/2018

Masking tape or medical adhesive tape. Once the head is on, makes zero difference.

Sep 25, 2021 - 5:34:44 PM
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70 posts since 12/27/2019

Yes medical adhesive tape is very good here. Thin, waterproof, stretch resistant, sticky. Plus the whiteness of it will blend well with the fabric already on the hoop, so won't be noticeable in case it happens to be underneath a translucent area of the skin.

Sep 25, 2021 - 5:55:28 PM

4163 posts since 10/13/2005

I've wondered if tape and other materials might alter the sound, hopefully in a positive direction. Don't know, just positing. banjered

Sep 25, 2021 - 6:06:04 PM

11010 posts since 4/23/2004

I've always just removed it. Unless you're keeping your banjo outside, the wrap is unnecessary.

Sep 25, 2021 - 7:06:07 PM

11757 posts since 10/27/2006

Originally posted by banjered

I've wondered if tape and other materials might alter the sound, hopefully in a positive direction. Don't know, just positing. banjered

I can't imagine that it could have any effect on the sound since the flesh hoop is below the tension hoop and the tone ring (or bearing surface if a woodie).

OTOH, there's no point to keeping it wrapped. The tension hoop and head will keep the flesh hoop in place, no problem. Even a small gap is ok if you put it under the tailpiece where it won't be noticed.

Vega and others used a square brass hoop—no doubt so that the corners could dig in but that's not necessary either (I have a 10 15/16" spare if anyone feels they need one). A round wire of sufficient diameter works just fine.

Sep 25, 2021 - 7:41:56 PM

5726 posts since 12/20/2005

I recall in a previous post or two, it was stated coat hanger can be used
I’m sure It would not be my first choice but I do recall seeing the statement made

Sep 25, 2021 - 8:06:36 PM
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Bart Veerman


5043 posts since 1/5/2005

There is no need for the fabric.

When the ends of the flesh hoop are fastened to each other, it's easier to mount the head.

I've used 1/8" metal coat hangers, they work just fine. I fastened the ends by soldering them into a short length of brass tubing from a hobby store. Shrink tubing works fine, too.

Sep 26, 2021 - 11:14:30 AM

34 posts since 3/2/2021

Thanks everyone - for now, I filed off a sharp edge, put some shrink tubing on the joint, and wrapped some medical tape around it.

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