Important Please Read:
You do not have to soak this skin as long as you may think!
The new process that provides the attractive white coloringof your skin has reduced the time required to soak the skin before working withit.† Please start by soaking only 5minutes.† If this is not enough time,continue to soak the skin, but check often.†All skins are carefully checked prior to shipping.† Unfortunately, not all defects arevisible.† Approximately 1 out of 10 skinswill have an unseen defect.† Thetightness during installation will alter this ratio.†
Goatskin generally has a supple texture that will emphasize lower tones. Ifyou use the skins with the hair on, the oils will still be in the skin and willadd a more mellow tone, whereas, skins with the hair removed have a more crispnature and will have sharper tones.
Calfskin is a stronger skin and tends toemphasize sharper tones. If the drum is played with a club or mallet, we canoffer extra-thick calfskin, which is twice as thick as goatskin or half asthick as conga heads. This will minimize head breakage. Extra-thin calfskin isgenerally preferred when replacing banjo heads.
is the most delicate and responsive ofall natural drum heads. Unfortunately, it is also very weather sensitive. Ifyou live in the desert it's
fine, but if you don't,you'll need to carry a hair dryer with you. Sizes are available from 10"to a maximum of 17", but the 17" size is very rare. The surface bumpsshould be sanded off during installation.
Replacing heads on Frame & Ceramic Drums
You will need: masking tape, yellow wood glue, a straight edge (i.e. yardstick, etc), a utility knife and a clamp, along withyour drum and the replacement goatskin head. An extended hose clamp works well.A strap and ratchet system may work. Remember that your clamp must provide even pressure around the drum.
Estimate the size of skin you will need by fitting your drum with a sheet ofnewspaper. It should cover the head of the drum, the area to be glued, and haveenough excess to maneuver and clamp it. If the skin is too small you will haveto start over with a larger skin.
Soak your goatskin in water until pliable.
Affix the masking tape to the upper part of the drum. Align it approximatelyone inch below the top of the drum. The tape is used to keep the glue fromrunning down the side of the drum and gives a sharp edge to your replaced head.
If the old skin is still in place, use the skin edge as a guide to affix themasking tape. Remove any decorative trim. Place the tape on the drum adjacentto the skin edge. Peel off the old skin and dried glue. You do not need to clean the drum completely. Do not use cleaners or handle the lip surface, as this will leave residues.
To affix the masking tape without the old skin as a guide, place yourstraight edge across the top of the drum. Measure down, aboutone inch, from the yardstick to the drumís upper edge. If you need to,make a pencil mark on the drum. Do this around the entire drum. Affix the upperedge of the tape along this mark.
Apply the glue to the drum surface when your new skin is almost ready. Coverthe drum surface from the top inside opening to the upper edge of the tape. Applythe yellow wood glue liberally. Let the glue slightly overlap the tape edge foran even fit.
Remove the goatskin from the water and blot it dry. Drape the skin over thedrum and center it. Do not squeeze out the glue. Smooth out the wrinkles.
Secure your clamp on top of the masking tape. Do not fully tighten theclamp. The skin should be sandwiched between the tape and clamp. You do notwant the clamp to be above the tape edge. It will squeeze out the glue andleave indent marks in the new head.
Pull the skin edges to tighten the skin over the drum. Alternately tightenthe clamp and pull the skin. For Ceramic Drums the goatskin should be pulled astight as possible. If you are replacing a fishskinhead, pull it snugly, but not as tight as possible or it could tear. IMPORTANT:for Frame Drums, the skin should have a slight droop of no more than 1/16 of aninch below level. The skin shrinks as it dries and will naturally tighten.
Allow the skin to dry 24 to 48 hours.
Carefully, trim the excess skin with a utility knife along the upper edge ofthe tape. If you placed the clamp on evenly and it is level you may be able touse the clamp as a cutting guide. You should be able to feel the edge of themasking tape under the skin.
Remove tape. Wipe off your drum. If you wish, you can finish off the rawedge of the skin with colored electrical tape or fabric trim.