Though I’m technically still on vacation, I had need to roll a new head on a drum. Today seemed like the perfect day to do it.
I got this doumbek years ago and it’s been collecting dust all the while. An upcoming project calls for some drumming, and I was glad to recall it sitting in a forgotten corner of my shop.
Here I am soaking the goatskin that will be the new head.
This is a common setup for a drumhead, and also for banjos. I’ve done reheads of this sort many times, and it’s almost always a pleasure. The trickiest part is usually in picking the right skin to use for an instrument. I save all of my thinnest skins for banjos, as their tension hoop/flesh ring tolerance is the smallest. (And there are few things more frustrating than trying to make a head go on when the skin is too thick.)
I was able to use one of my thicker skins for this project and it went on easily.