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Alternative to Hide/Synthetic Heads?

Postby Daniel Fenson » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:09 am

I'm trying to create an instrument out of household materials, and one of my ideas involves using a head like you find on Banjos, Tambourines, or Drums. But if I bought something designed for an instrument, it'd defeat the purpose of the project.

So does anyone know of an alternative I could use, that I could hopefully buy locally?

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Re: Alternative to Hide/Synthetic Heads?

Postby Bob Gramann » Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:39 am

Depending on the size you need, a large tyvek mailing envelope would give you a pretty tough membrane. They are hard to rip. I don’t know if the tyvek building wraps are just as reinforced.
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Re: Alternative to Hide/Synthetic Heads?

Postby Brian Evans » Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:45 pm

I don't know about your household, but I could probably come up with an old leather coat to take a drum head out of, depending on size. Prep it properly and install it using old techniques, there you go.
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Re: Alternative to Hide/Synthetic Heads?

Postby David King » Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:21 pm

If you are needing a fairly low tension head you could try model airplane wing covering film from a hobby shop. TopFlight is a good brand and dozens of colors to choose from. It's a heat shrink film with heat activated adhesive backing. One roll might do 10-12 heads though.
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Re: Alternative to Hide/Synthetic Heads?

Postby Karl Wicklund » Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:50 pm

Cut the top and bottom off a 2 liter bottle. Split the remaining cylindrical part and unroll it. Tack this down across a frame and hit it with a hair dryer. It’s not big but it’s tough and tightens right up.

I picked this up from someone else on MIMF, wish I could remember who now.
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Re: Alternative to Hide/Synthetic Heads?

Postby Daniel Fenson » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:07 pm

Karl Wicklund wrote:Cut the top and bottom off a 2 liter bottle. Split the remaining cylindrical part and unroll it. Tack this down across a frame and hit it with a hair dryer. It’s not big but it’s tough and tightens right up.

I picked this up from someone else on MIMF, wish I could remember who now.


That might work really well. I'll have to figure out how to tack it down though. I'll be working with plastic/metal instead of wood. Perhaps rivets?

Bob Gramann wrote:Depending on the size you need, a large tyvek mailing envelope would give you a pretty tough membrane. They are hard to rip. I don’t know if the tyvek building wraps are just as reinforced.


An envelope would be perfect for the theme of the project. I'll have to see if I can get my hands on one.
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Re: Alternative to Hide/Synthetic Heads?

Postby David King » Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:38 pm

Tyvek priority mail envelopes are available for "free" at most post offices in the US.
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Re: Alternative to Hide/Synthetic Heads?

Postby Bob Francis » Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:34 pm

David King wrote:Tyvek priority mail envelopes are available for "free" at most post offices in the US.

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