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Thread: Question about banjolele head replacement (with pics!)

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    Always feet! sand it by duct taping a sheet of fine grit sandpaper to a counter or floor - has to be stable and taut. Then, put even pressure down on the bridge and move it in a circular fashion. That way, you'll get flat feet that are evenly sanded down, makes the bridge stable and sound better.

    Good luck!

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    One last question (until I think of another!)
    I basically just tightened the head down until it was hard as a board with a tiny bit of give under thumb pressure. I've read that you can 'tune' the head. How does one do this and should I do it on my banjo uke?

    Makala Dolphin (Yellow Burst) soprano
    Fluke Flea Tiki King soprano
    Fluke Concert 'Natural Finish', with pickup
    Sprucehouse SO soprano
    Ohana PK25g Solid Mahogany Pineapple Soprano
    --- All held up with a Uke Leash (thanks Lori!)

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    OK, back before I thought I screwed up the banjo head placement, I bought a second head. I can get the current head with the tension ring down pretty tight, so it clears the neck, but there is still a 1/4" rise above the vellum. Now, it appears to play fine, but I've got this second goat skin head - should I replace the head I have on there now and try a new one (more just for fun the anything else)?

    Makala Dolphin (Yellow Burst) soprano
    Fluke Flea Tiki King soprano
    Fluke Concert 'Natural Finish', with pickup
    Sprucehouse SO soprano
    Ohana PK25g Solid Mahogany Pineapple Soprano
    --- All held up with a Uke Leash (thanks Lori!)

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