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Old 08-06-2018, 02:41 PM
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Default Repair split heads?

Glue has developed into the space age where you can stick anything to anything.

Do you think a 2 ply with a split in one layer can successfully be glued back to being playable?
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:21 AM
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Default Re: Repair split heads?

No, buy a new head.
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Old 08-22-2018, 03:52 PM
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What Bob said...

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Old 08-22-2018, 04:50 PM
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Default Re: Repair split heads?

Yeah...What they both said!
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Old 08-23-2018, 10:53 AM
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Default Re: Repair split heads?

Who knows, maybe it can be done, but is it worth purchasing some super adhesive and then taking all the time attempting to repair the split in order to save $12? I don't think so. The head would never be the same as new or tune up correctly. It would be like trying to repair a split windshield wiper blade rather than just buy a new one. These types of items are considered "expendables"; they wear out and are meant to be replaced.

Related to this question, when I was teen playing in garage bands with pieced-together orphan kits, I didn't have the money to constantly replace split heads. So if the top ply of a batter head split, I'd cut the entire top ply off the batter completely to the bearing edge and exchange it with the reso head. Lack of funds always encourages ingenuity.

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Old 08-23-2018, 09:12 PM
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Default Re: Repair split heads?

Now if you said tape. You could get back in this conversation and it will still be no, too much effort for too little unless Bonham signed it or something.
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Old 08-24-2018, 05:55 AM
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Default Re: Repair split heads?

I bought a 25.5 in tympani that had a split head (single ply even) that had been repaired with what looked like camouflage duct tape, but it was more like thin plastic packing tape. If you have seen the beige packing tape, the kind that frustrates you when you loose where the end of it is, it was like that. Very thin and didn't stretch. Anyway, the seller claimed it had been repaired like that for years, and I beat on it for a month or so until I bought a new one. I couldn't tell much difference in the sound at all. For a $50+ dollar head it made sense to try and salvage it, for a small head I'm with everyone else...just get a new one.
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Old 08-24-2018, 07:37 AM
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It would be nice to hear back from the OP on this. What type head was he trying to salvage? Or was this just a general question.

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Old 08-25-2018, 11:12 PM
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Default Re: Repair split heads?

Appreciate all the great feed back, and after 50 yrs of playing, I found out you can indeed repair a 2 ply head..if necessary. I agree that you should buy a new one, but when one splits on the job, then what?
Packing tape as mentioned above works terrific, and will last quite some time. I know its a "bandaid" approach, but in a pinch, it will work on small or large heads!
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