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camface
11-16-2009, 12:53 PM
So I just got a really old banjolele off Ebay. Got it in the mail today. I knew it would be a repair job, but I was thinking it would just be make a bridge, get some new tuners. I'm looking at it now, and it appears that the head is curved in. I have never played a banjolele before, so I was wondering if this was normal. The screws and stuff along the rim are bent downwards on the side (I tried to photo, but they didn't turn out well) which I'm guessing was either the cause of or caused by the concaveness of the head. Did the tension of the strings on the bridge just slowly push it down? 3434

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Any suggestions?

gp-ak
11-16-2009, 01:11 PM
Does the head feel tight? If its still tight then the flesh hoop might have been warped. Its a fairly easy to replace though.
This is a good guide on how to do it on a more conventional banjo rim, I don't know how much it would apply to that rim style though.
http://thebluegrassshack.blogspot.com/2008/01/how-to-install-skin-banjo-head.html