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Thread: Banjo Uke New Skin?

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    Default Banjo Uke New Skin?

    I have an OLD La Pacifica Banjo Uke 1930s vintage that I have been playing for about 10 years. When I got it it had what looks like a stab thru the skin from a pocket knife. The skin is still tight and sounds okay but was wondering if I should bother changing the skin, if it would give me a better sound with the stab wound. Your expert advice is appreciated.
    Last edited by Ahnko Honu; 04-08-2009 at 12:32 PM. Reason: Y, badah U?
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    stabbed through with a pocket knife?? Sounds like a good start to me yuk yuk yuk

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    If the hole is stable, not getting bigger, and the head is maintaining an even tension all around, I am not sure that replacing it would have a huge effect on the sound.

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    Sounds like something Hannibal Lecter would like.

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    If it plays well as is you should leave it as is and come up with some story about how it originally belonged to a gangster who used it to defend himself in a fight. Or something like that.
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    I just got a new bridge, and Aquila Banjo Uke strings so I'll install them but leave the cut skin as is for now. I get the feeling that there is a story behind the stab wound so a little embellishment won't do no harm right? I'll post pics later. MAHALO!
    Illegitimus Non Carborundum

    I ʻike lākou, ʻo ʻoe, ka mea wale nō nona ka inoa ʻo IĒHOVA;
    ʻO ʻoe nō ka Mea kiʻekiʻe loa ma luna o ka honua a pau.
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