These hides are sourced from a new supplier. They are processed with sodium (salt) rather than harsher chemicals. These skins are smooth and clean. Salt treatment preserves the stiffness and strength of the rawhide. These are very sturdy with no visible flaws.
Please specify your preferred hide by number (ie: SALT 22) in a message accompanying your order. I will try to keep the selection updated. But in the case of multiple requests for an individual hide - it will be sold first-come-first-served. I have additional stock that is not pictured on the website. Contact me if you are looking for a specific appearance.
SOMETIMES translucent areas become more opaque or off-white during mounting and stretching. The finished appearance may be a little different than what you see in the images.
Some from this batch are a little thicker than what I used to sell as SPECIAL Select. They seem very reliable and sound great! I prefer to set-up the thicker hides with a littler higher tension. I have these installed on my 11" Reiter Bacophone-plus and my Nashville Banjo Co. 13" "The Proctor". I like them a lot!
The "approximate" thickness is marked on the hides recently added. The thickness will naturally vary across the hide. So the number I posted is an average of six readings around the perimeter. .013 in. - .015in. is my "ideal" thickness for most banjos. Thicker hides can be especially good for large rim (12" +) banjos and to tame any overly bright instrument. Feel free to message me with questions about suitability for your banjo.
They show great natural color and pattern. Some are translucent.
Available in standard sizes:
10 15/16" (Vega)
11 13/16" (Vega).
Please contact me with any questions about suitability for your banjo.
NEW! salt processsed goat hide - premounted head
1/8" square -section brass flesh hoop is standard (upgraded spiral hoop is available for an additional charge).
FREE: Case sticker included. Prices include FREE USA shipping (international postage is added at checkout)