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Captain Simian
06-01-2015, 01:32 PM
I just got this old banjo uke today. It was a pretty simple project, it just need tuners and strings. The head could use a little tightening but I haven't the slightest idea how or if it can be done. I've never seen a banjo uke with this type of set up.

Front

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0903/CaptainSimian/Ukuleles/Banjo20Uke2001_zps27yxgukv.jpg

Back (I put a chopstick in back to hold the foam in place)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0903/CaptainSimian/Ukuleles/Banjo20Uke2004_zpserfyx067.jpg

k0k0peli
06-01-2015, 07:32 PM
The old way of tightening non-adjustable heads on banjos, bongos, etc was to moisten the skin slightly and position an incandescent light bulb underneath -- the bulb's heat would shrink the skin. That was before synthetic heads. If this axe's head is skin, try that. If it's plastic, I dunno.

PhilUSAFRet
06-01-2015, 08:48 PM
I did the moisten thing on my natural skin drums, but I used a hair dryer.