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 5-19-2017

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Banjo Heads

 

We stock hundreds 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 receive our heads 6 to 12 weeks after placing the order.

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".

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 initals TOS after a banjo head indicates it is Temporaraly Out of Stock.

 

REMO FIBERSKYN BANJO HEADS

High Crown Remo Fiberskyn
11", $20
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", 11-1/8", 11-1/4", 12"; $21
11-7/16", 11-1/2"(TOS), 11-5/8", 11-3/4", 11-13/16", 11-7/8", 11-15/16", 12-1/8"; $22
9"; $60 (TOS)
12-3/16", 12-1/4", 12-7/16" (TOS), 12-1/2"; $70
13", 13-1/4", 13-3/8", 13-5/16". 14"; 14-3/16"; $75

Medium Crown Remo Fiberskyn
11"; $20
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"; $21
12-1/8"; $22

Low Crown Remo Fiberskyn
11"; $20
8"(TOS), 10", 10-3/4", 10-15/16", 11-1/16", 11-1/8" 12"; $21

12-3/4"; 13-3/16", 13-1/4"; $70

 

REMO RENAISSANCE BANJO HEADS

High Crown Remo Renaissance
11"; $19
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" 12"; $21
11-3/16", 11-1/2" 11-13/16", 11-7/8", 11-15/16", $22
9"; $60
12-1/4", 12-1/2" (TOS), 13", 14"; $75

Medium Crown Remo Renaissance
11": $19
8", 10", 10-1/2", 10-5/8", 10-3/4", 10-7/8", 10-15/16", 11-1/16", 11-1/8", 12"; $21
11-5/8", 12-1/8"; $22

Low Crown Remo Renaissance
11"; $19
8", 10-3/4", 10-15/16", 11-1/8", 12"; $21
12-3/16" (TOS), 12-5/16"; $65

 

Remo Top Frosted Plastic

High Crown Remo Weatherking Frosted Top
11"; $17
8", 10", 10-1/8", 10-3/16", 10-1/4", 10-5/16", 10-3/8",10-1/8", 10-11/16", 10-3/4", 10-13/16", 10-7/8", 10-15/16", 11-1/8"; $18
11-3/16", 11-1/2", 11-5/8", 11-13/16" & 12"; 12-1/18", $19
12-3/16"; $50
New old stock 14"; $30

Medium Crown Remo Weatherking Frosted Top
11":$17
8", 10-1/2", 10-3/4", 10-7/8", 10-15/16"(TOS), 11-1/16", 11-1/8"; 12";$18
12-1/8"; $19
12-3/16"; $50

Low Crown Remo Weatherking Frosted Top
11"; $17
8", 10-3/4", 10-15/16", 11-1/8"; $18
12-1/4"; $50

 

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

High Crown Remo Weatherking Frosted Inside
11"; $17
8", 10-3/4",10-15/16", 11-1/16", 11-1/8"; $18

Medium Crown Remo Weatherking Frosted Inside
8", 10-3/4", 10-7/8", 11-1/16", 11-1/8" $18

Low Crown Remo Weatherking Frosted Inside
11"; $17
8", 11-1/8"; $18

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

High Crown Remo Cloudy White
11"; $17
10-3/4", 10-15/16", 11-1/8"; $18

Medium Crown Remo Cloudy White
11"; $17
10-3/4", 10-7/8", 10-15/16", 11-1/8"; $18

Low Crown Remo Cloudy White
11"; $17
11-1/8"; $18

Remo Clear Mylar Heads

High Crown Remo Clear
11"; $17
10-3/4", 10-7/8", 10-15/16", 11-1/8"; $18
12"; $19

Medium Crown Clear
11"; $17
10-3/4", 10-7/8", 11-1/8 (TOS); $18
11-5/8", 12"; $19

Low Crown Remo Clear
11"; $17
10-7/8", 10-15/16", 11-1/8"; $18
12"; $19
12-3/16"; $60

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

 

Calf Skin Banjo Heads

We stock several grades of flat calf skin banjo heads in diferent thickneses 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.

We just received an order of economy calf skins and are very impressed with the quality. They are white with a slightly rough texture. The thickness runs from .008" to .016" and is fairly even across the head. Please let us know if you want a thicker or thinner head and we will do our best to accommodate.


Economy calf skin, 13" diameter; $11 (TOS)
Economy calf skin, 14" diameter; $14
Economy calf skin, 15" diameter; $15
Economy calf skin, 16" diameter; $17
Economy calf skin, 18" diameter; $20

Our high grade calf heads are made in the USA by the Stern Company and we are very pleased with their quality. They are every bit as good as the vintage Rogers 3 star heads from the 1920's and 1930's. They are white with a smooth top. Thickness is usually around .012", but we have some as thick as .018". Current stock of these heads are all about .015" to .018" thick.


High grade Calfskin head, 13" diameter; $40 (.015" and .017" thickness availabe)
High grade Calfskin head, 14" diameter; $45 (only one with a 017" thickness availabe)
High grade Calfskin head, 15" diameter; $55 (TOS)
High grade Calfskin head, 16" diameter; $65 (TOS)
High grade Calfskin head, 18" diameter; $90 (.015" and .017" thickness availabe)

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.

 

 

 

Shipping Cost

Small goods like banjo heads and other parts cost $7 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
Please call us at 304-636-6710. As payment we accept checks and MasterCard and Visa. We now accept Paypal

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