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Jun 29, 2022 - 12:46:44 PM
6 posts since 4/10/2013

Hello,
Just bought a Orpheum No.1, could anyone say where I could buy a replacement head, as the size is 12 1/4", also it has a strange signature (see photo) the number stamped inside is 10814. Any info would be appreciated.


 

Jun 29, 2022 - 1:13:36 PM
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3018 posts since 4/7/2010

The signature is not strange. The Joseph Rogers Company manufactured high quality calf skin banjo heads until the mid 1970's All the heads that came from their facility had that signature stamp.

I have 12-1/4" Remo heads in stock. in Fiberskyn I have High, medium and low. In Renaissance I have medium and high.

Give a call to order.

Bob Smakula
smakula.com

Jun 29, 2022 - 5:20:53 PM
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DSmoke

USA

1218 posts since 11/30/2015

Bob is your man for the head. I've bought many from him for Orpheums. Measure carefully, I've had the large pots use 12-1/8, 12-3/16, and 12-1/4.

Jun 30, 2022 - 2:05:28 AM

6 posts since 4/10/2013

Thanks for replies, is the crown height on a Orpheum No.1 medium or high, sorry for the obvious questions, I've played the irish music on the mandolin for a long time, I thought I'd have ago at banjo.Thanks

Jun 30, 2022 - 5:57:59 PM

DSmoke

USA

1218 posts since 11/30/2015

I specialize in the restoration and repairs of vintage tenor banjos for Irish trad playing. You've got a great banjo for that. I had one as a personal player for many years. Most of the large pots I've fitted with a medium Renaissance head, one took a low crown. All of them came from Bob and he can probably tell you more from his experience. The Ren heads stretch a lot, and we like them tight for Irish setups so if in doubt go with the lower crown and let it stretch down.

Jul 2, 2022 - 3:23:43 AM

6 posts since 4/10/2013

Thanks for advice, I'm trying to keep as much of the instrument as original as I can, the head is obviously original calfskin so that makes it many years old, Ive got it at 90 on the drum tuner, I don't know if it should be tighter because of its size. The other dilemma is do I change the original tuning pegs as they are really stiff and don't hold their tuning, is there a set of planetery pegs that would directly swap without having to damage the holes.Thanks everyone

Jul 2, 2022 - 4:31:18 AM

3018 posts since 4/7/2010

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Originally posted by wireworm

 The other dilemma is do I change the original tuning pegs as they are really stiff and don't hold their tuning, is there a set of planetery pegs that would directly swap without having to damage the holes.Thanks everyone


I sell ABM planetary banjo tuners, they are the smallest shaft tuner available. At 7.5 mm, yes you will have to enlarge the holes in the peghead, but significantly less than the 10 mm of all other brands of planetary banjo tuners. You did not include a peghead picture, but I am guessing that the tuners on the banjo are  the originals and use a 1/4" hole through the peghead.

Bob Smakula

smakula.com

Jul 2, 2022 - 6:25:51 PM

DSmoke

USA

1218 posts since 11/30/2015

I drum dial isn't very accurate on a skin head as the skin has varying thicknesses creating different deflections. Your ear is a much better judge with a skin head. The ABM's require a smaller hole but still have a nut on top which will cover some of the inlays of the peghead. I use the ABM's if for some reason someone would want to put the original tuners back on. This would be rare and only if it was a collectible banjo. If the banjo will be played, save some money and get Gotoh's from Bob. An Orpheum No. 1 will not be collectible, friction tuners are miserable, put the new tuners on and give it a new life.

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