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I am interested in building a banjo/dulcimer hybrid (banjomer) and am wondering if anyone knows where to get the small-sized (6"-8" diameter) banjo heads?  Also, if anyone built one before, do you have any pointers to share?

Ed

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Hi Ed, Remo, the drum people sell 6 & 8 inch practice drum pads. Remove the foam they have inside and they make great banjo dulcimer heads. Rich
Yeah, I saw one of these at my local music store and almost bought it, but it seemed too "plastic-cy." I also called Remo direct to ask about the 6" or 8" heads and they acted like I didn't know what I was talking about.
http://www.jr.com/stagg-music/pe/SGG_HAD008W/ here`s a 8" tuneable hand drum that I used on my dulci-jo. Very well made and sounds great.

Remo. I just prefer to play the banjo rather than try and make a dulcimer sound like one. Banjo's are mostly tuned to an open chord and can be played with one and two fingered chords, so why try and make a dulcimer sound like one. I like the sound of the dulcimer as is and the banjo as a separate sound. Get a banjo and solve the problem all in one whack.
If you want just a non -tuneable hand drum, check on ebay in kids percussion / hand drums.

Randy S. Bretz said:
http://www.jr.com/stagg-music/pe/SGG_HAD008W/ here`s a 8" tuneable hand drum that I used on my dulci-jo. Very well made and sounds great.
I've used 6-8" tamborines and removed the jangle disks from the sides.
Hey! That's a good idea! Thanks.

Ken Hulme said:
I've used 6-8" tamborines and removed the jangle disks from the sides.
Ordered one!

Randy S. Bretz said:
http://www.jr.com/stagg-music/pe/SGG_HAD008W/ here`s a 8" tuneable hand drum that I used on my dulci-jo. Very well made and sounds great.
Can't bend my fingers, so have to play "lap" instruments!

Ben Seymour said:
Remo. I just prefer to play the banjo rather than try and make a dulcimer sound like one. Banjo's are mostly tuned to an open chord and can be played with one and two fingered chords, so why try and make a dulcimer sound like one. I like the sound of the dulcimer as is and the banjo as a separate sound. Get a banjo and solve the problem all in one whack.
Thanks for the input folks. Knew I could count on you. Anyone have pix of a banjomer (especially the back side of the instrument, and how the banjo/drum head is mounted)?
Randy and Ken, I ordered as 6" drum/tambo from JR.com and it arrived yesterday. Just what the doctor ordered! Now, if I can just get it away from my granddaughter...

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