Smakula

Fretted

Instruments

PO Box 882, Elkins, West Virginia 26241

304-636-6710

Phone Hours; 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Eastern Time, Monday through Friday and occasionally on Saturday.

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Page Updated 11-5-2020

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Smakula Fretted instruments is on its way back to regular business. As you know, we have been shipping instruments and parts throughout the pandemic. We are again accepting banjo, guitar, mandolin and minor fiddle repairs. For the safety of our staff, we can not invite people into the shop, but we do have a covered porch to use for repair drop off and pickup, as well as a place to test instruments we have for sale.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we all work through the details of the new normal.

Please stay safe.

Bob Smakula

Banjo Heads

The Remo factory was closed for a Safe At Home order in April and May, 2020. They have resumed manufacturing with a significantly smaller crew than pre-pandemic. We expect the supply of banjo heads to be limited going in to 2021 Please plan appropriately.

We stock thousands of banjo heads in many different sizes. If there is a size you need not listed here, we are willing to special order it. We tend to order from Remo about 4 to 6 times a year and in the past received our heads 6 to 12 weeks after placing the order, but with the lower pandemic production, we have no guess on the turn-around time.

Remo Fiberskyn heads are closest to calfskin in appearance and sound. Tyvek is fused to one side of the Mylar head making the vibrating surface thicker. Old time banjo players often prefer the fuller sound. Fiberskyn banjo head thickness averages .014"

Remo Renaissance banjo heads have a semi transparent amber color, similar to "slunk" calfskin banjo heads. They are the thinnest of Remo's banjo heads, with a thickness of .008". Though thinner than standard Mylar, the tone is fuller and is a popular choice for Old Time Banjo players needing a slightly brighter sound in a band situation.

Frosted Mylar is cornerstone of the Remo banjo and drumhead line. The Weatherking line offers a classic look and consistently bright tone, there is no wonder these heads have been popular for more than 50 years. Thickness is .009"

Remo's "cloudy" style of head is made with a semi transparent unfrosted Mylar. Tone is similar to frosted heads with a little added brightness. These heads are very popular with 4 string banjo players. Thickness is .008".

Black Suede is a black color film with it's texture and tone similar to Remo's Renaissance film. Thickness is .010".

White Suede is a white color film with it's texture and tone similar to Remo's Renaissance film. Thickness is .010".

Many banjo players like traditional calfskin for the warm tone that can not be reproduced by any synthetic. There are two down sides to this traditional head. One is it is affected by changes in temperature and humidity. High humidity will make the head sag. Low humidity will make the head tighten, risking breakage if the tension is excessive. The other negative aspect is installation of a calfskin head is more time consuming than Remo's pre-mounted plastic heads.

To order a banjo head you need to know the diameter of the rim. Most of the time measuring inside the tension hoop (the ring that holds the head down) will give you the rim diameter. Many vintage banjo rims become out of round over the years. If you get different measurements when you measure the diameter in different places on the rim, measure the circumference and divide by 3.14159

Crown height refers to the distance from the top of the flesh hoop to the top of the head and will determine how high the tension hoop rides above the top of the rim. Most banjos need a high crown head. Banjo with archtop tonerings or short tension hoops will need either low or medium. These measurements are Remo's standard crown heights; High; 1/2", Medium; 7/16", Low; 3/8"

If you need help determining the banjo head size you need, please call. We'll be happy to assist you

The initials TOS after a banjo head size indicates it is Temporarily Out of Stock.

 



 

REMO FIBERSKYN BANJO HEADS

High Crown Remo Fiberskyn
11", $21
8", 10", 10-1/16", 10-1/8", 10-1/4", 10-5/16", 10-3/8", 10-7/16", 10-1/2", 10-9/16", 10-5/8", 10-11/16", 10-3/4", 10-13/16",
10-7/8", 10-15/16", 11-1/16" (TOS), 11-1/8", 11-1/4", 11-7/16", 12", $23
11-1/2", 11-5/8", 11-3/4", 11-13/16", 11-7/8", 11-15/16", 12"; 12-1/8"; $25
9"; $48
12-3/16" (TOS), 12-1/4" (TOS), 13", $14; $55
12-7/16", 12-1/2", 12-3/4"; $70
13-3/8", 13-5/16", 14-3/16"; $75

Medium Crown Remo Fiberskyn
11"; $21
8", 10", 10-1/2", 10-5/8", 10-3/4",10-13/16", 10-7/8", 10-15/16", 11-1/16", 11-1/8", 12"; $23
12-1/8"; $25

Low Crown Remo Fiberskyn
11"; $21
8", 10", 10-1/2", 10-3/4", 10-15/16", 11-1/16" (TOS), 11-1/8" 12", ; $23
12-1/8"; $25
12-3/16" (TOS), 12-1/4", 14"; $55
12-3/4" 13-3/16", 13-1/4"; $70

 

REMO RENAISSANCE BANJO HEADS

High Crown Remo Renaissance
11"; $21
8", 10", 10-1/16" 10-1/8", 10-1/2", 10-5/8", 10-11/16", 10-3/4", 10-13/16", 10-7/8", 10-15/16", 11-1/6", 11-1/8", 11-3/16" (TOS), 11-3/8", 11-7/16", 12"; $23
11-1/2" 11-13/16", 11-7/8", 11-15/16" (TOS), $25
7", 8-1/4", 9" (TOS), 9-5/8" 9-7/8", 12-1/4" (TOS), 13", 14"; $55
12-1/2"; $80

Medium Crown Remo Renaissance
11": $21
8", 10", 10-1/2", 10-5/8", 10-3/4", 10-7/8", 10-15/16", 11-1/16", 11-1/8", 12"; $23
11-1/2", 11-5/8",11-15/16" (TOS), 12-1/8" ; $25
12-3/16" (TOS), 12-1/4" (TOS); $55

Low Crown Remo Renaissance
11"; $21
8", 10-3/4", 10-15/16", 11-1/8", 12"; $23
7-1/8", 12-3/16", 12-1/4" (TOS); $55
12-5/16"; $80

 

Remo Top Frosted Plastic

High Crown Remo Weatherking Frosted Top
11"; $19.
8", 10", 10-1/8", 10-3/16", 10-1/4", 10-5/16", 10-3/8", 10-1/2", 10-5/8", 10-11/16", 10-3/4", 10-13/16", 10-7/8", 10-15/16", 11-1/16" (TOS), 11-1/8", 11-3/16", 11-1/4", 11-7/16", 12"; $20
11-1/2", 11-5/8" (TOS), 11-3/4" (TOS), 11-13/16", 12", 12-1/18"; $22
12-3/16", 12-1/4" (TOS); $45

Medium Crown Remo Weatherking Frosted Top
11": $19
8", 10", 10-1/4" 10-1/2", 10-3/4", 10-13/16", 10-7/8", 10-15/16", 11-1/16", 11-1/8"; 11-1/2", 12"; $20
12-1/8"; $22
12-3/16"; $45

Low Crown Remo Weatherking Frosted Top
11"; $18
8", 10-3/4", 10-7/8" (TOS), 10-15/16", 11-1/16", 11-1/8", 12"; $20
12-1/4"; $45

 

Inside Frosted, Smooth Top, Popular with 4 string banjo players

High Crown Remo Weatherking Frosted Inside
11"; $19
8", 10-3/4",10-15/16", 11-1/16", 11-1/8"; $20

Medium Crown Remo Weatherking Frosted Inside
11"; $19
8", 10-3/4", 10-7/8", 10-15/16" 11-1/16", 11-1/8"; $20

Low Crown Remo Weatherking Frosted Inside
11"; $19
8", 11-1/16", 11-1/8"; $20

 

Cloudy White, Smooth Top, No Frosting, Popular with 4 string banjo players

High Crown Remo Cloudy White
11"; $19
10-3/4", 10-15/16", 11-1/8"; $20

Medium Crown Remo Cloudy White
11"; $19
10-3/4", 10-7/8", 10-15/16" (TOS), 11-1/8"; $20

Low Crown Remo Cloudy White
11"; $19
10-3/4" (TOS), 10-15/16", 11-1/16", 11-1/8"; $20

Remo Clear Mylar Heads

High Crown Remo Clear
11"; $19
10-3/4", 10-7/8", 10-15/16", 11-1/8", 12"; $20
11-13/16"; $22,

Medium Crown Clear
11"; $19
10-3/4", 10-7/8" (TOS), 10-15/16", 11-1/8, 11-3/16" 12"; $20
11-5/8" (TOS); $22

Low Crown Remo Clear
11"; $19
10-15/16", 11-1/16", 11-1/8", 12"; $20
12-3/16"; $60

Remo Black Suede banjo heads.
11" high, medium and low crown; $21
12" high and medium crown; $23
14" Low Crown, Fits Gold Tone cello banjos. $50

Remo White Suede banjo heads.
11" high, medium and low crown (low is TOS); $34
12" high and medium crown; $37

 

Most of our Remo banjo heads are manufactured with no logo! The perfect look for your vintage banjo.

 

Calf Skin Banjo Heads

We stock several diameters of flat calf skin banjo heads in different thicknesses for you to soak and stretch on your banjo rim.

The flat, unstretched skin should be at least 3" larger than your banjo's rim. If you are new to stretching calf skin heads, 4" larger will make the job easier.

Our economy calf skins are the best quality we can find in their price range. They are white with a slightly rough texture. The thickness runs from .008" to .022" and is fairly even across the head. Please let us know your preferred thickness and we will do our best to accommodate.


Economy calf skin, 12" diameter; $10
Economy calf skin, 13" diameter; $11
Economy calf skin, 14" diameter; $14
Economy calf skin, 15" diameter; $15
Economy calf skin, 16" diameter; $17
Economy calf skin, 18" diameter; $20 Out of stock.

1/8" Square Brass Wire flesh hoops;

We can rough shape almost any size flesh hoop for you. Final trimming will have to be done in your shop. Price is $15 and we include heat shrink tubing to easily attach the ends.

6 foot 1/8" square brass wire rolled about 11" diameter. Usefull to make 2 flesh hoops. Easy to hand bend to make a bigger diameter, or use a fretwire bender to make smaller; $25

 

 

 

Shipping Cost
Small goods like banjo heads and other parts cost $8 per order for Priority Mail shipping in the US no matter what the order size. Out of the USA shipments will be quoted before they are shipped.

To Order
Call us at 304-636-6710. For payment we accept checks, wire transfers and MasterCard & Visa. If you prefer Paypal, please send us an email requesting a Paypal invoice.

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