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May 27, 2022 - 12:49:53 PM
17 posts since 5/19/2022

Buying a new head for an old parts banjo I bought under the guise of being a 'used washburn' in a pawn shop a few years ago. It's an okay banjo but I didn't realise until I was older that it was more a combination of medium grade parts than a washburn.

I'm looking at a ren head but I'm unsure on what collar size I need, is there a way of measuring this? Thanks guys x

May 27, 2022 - 12:55:20 PM

2373 posts since 2/4/2013

Assuming you already have a head on it from the top of the metal hoop to the top of the head.

May 27, 2022 - 1:02:16 PM

17 posts since 5/19/2022

Including the metal hoop (that's name escapes me this time of night lol)?

May 27, 2022 - 1:16:04 PM

2373 posts since 2/4/2013

Originally posted by rileycrow

Including the metal hoop (that's name escapes me this time of night lol)?

No from the top of the hoop (not including it).  I think it might be called a flesh hoop but I'm not sure. As it's metal and hoop metal hoop works for me.

May 27, 2022 - 1:30:19 PM
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May 27, 2022 - 2:07:17 PM



8830 posts since 11/28/2003

As the Stew-Mac link illustrates, Remo banjo heads come in 3 crown heights. There is only 1/16" difference between them.

low 3/8"
medium 7/16"
high 1/2"

All heads stretch under tension. Some types (Renaissance for example) stretch a lot more than others. So an old head will most likely have a crown that measures taller than when it was new.

Unless there is something unique and unusual about your banjo, you may not have to be totally precise in choosing a crown height. 

Washburn brand has been used on a LOT of different banjos.  So maybe if you post photos of yours and folks on the forum might likely have experience with a similar instrument - and will offer advise.

Best wishes!

Edited by - jbalch on 05/27/2022 14:10:15

May 27, 2022 - 3:41:36 PM
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600 posts since 6/26/2004

Bob Smakula has information on picking the right size head on his website.

It can be a little tricky sometimes. I bought a Washburn one time that had a head with too deep of a crown. The guy had actually tightened it down so far he cracked the heel and broke several hooks. It was bottomed out on the neck notch because it couldn't go down far enough to get the head tight. If you post some pictures of the pot, particularly where the neck attaches, folks might be able to help you choose the right one.

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