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Thread #59934 Message #957653
Posted By: fretless
22-May-03 - 10:44 AM
Thread Name: Banjo Talk - Long Neck and Head Tension
Subject: RE: Banjo Talk - Long Neck and Head Tension
Ok, so much for fun. Here's a more serious answer: "there are no stinkin' rules in banjo playing." Which is true. Crank it up, see how it sounds, play it the way it sounds right to you. Just be careful not to tighten too much and pop the head. For plastic/synthetic, you can tighten a banjo head to the point where there's very little give. For a skin head, you have to be careful not to tighten it to the point where it feels good today but pops tomorrow (or next week...) when the humidity drops.
And hopefully someone else on the list can come up with more specific ideas.