Besides mailing tape is there an easily obtainable substance I could use for a banjo head that does not include animal skin. I was hoping to make it myself. Any help is appreciated. Thanks

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Oh don't get me started on tins, I have 20-30 of them laying around waiting their turn, after the next few builds going to take some time to actually learn how to make some "not so painful" noise with one of these, otherwise I'll never get out of the shop.

oh, and yes, Sam's and everyone else has X-mas tins everywhere already

 tins are cool .... sometimes they play themselves ... :-}

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Candle powered canjo .
Just an idea I had .. based on the christmas windmills and carousels you may have seen .
the candles are on a wire with a pin pivot up top sitting in a little cup .
Small fins are added to the top of the wire ring above the candles to let the heat from the candles push and spin the wire ring .
the heat from the candles is the only thing spinning the ring .
I added 2 little beads on a string hanging from the candle cups to “strum the string as they go by .
Sorry no sound .- done with my kodac camera . basically it just goes
“ting …ting ting …. Ting … ting ting.
I was bored .. so hey .. a fire powered guitar filled the void ;-)

PETE1 cake or pastry container.  Tack it on with carpet tacks and shrink it with a heat gun.  See my videos

Hey Will I will check out your videos and chat back at ya
Hey Will I could not make your video run but I did see your uke and it looked amazing! Did you post the video on YouTube??

Whoever thought about the plastic bottle/cake plastic thing is a fargin' genius!  That totally sounds like a legit banjo, and banjele.  The cookie tins have a great sounds, but man o' man, that plastic drum!  Kudos to the originator!

Old x rays can be shrunk like the PET plastic as well

Jim's soda bottle thing sounds really good. Tambourines are done alot , Cheese box sound good you can use light plywood for a sound board you don't need bracing if the diameter is small..   Plastic and thin metal kitchen stuff. Many kinds of hand drums have been used toy drums bongos.

Or anything from isle 6 at Home Depot. Take care Rose

I have used both heat shrunk PET and hand drums with animal skins.

Unfortunately I havent done a video with the hand drum /animal skin but they sound a lot warmer and natural.


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