Banjo heads: Smooth white vs clear
Well I’m toying with the idea of messing around with my banjo setup again and looking for a few opinions.
Firstly, is there any tone difference between a clear head and a smooth white head (ie the one’s with no frosting at all, just smooth white mylar)? I can’t see a reason why there would be, being both clear heads and smooth white heads are unfrosted mylar so the tone should be no different and I’m guess the smooth white gives a clear head sound to players who prefer the look of a white head, but I could be mistaken of course.
My current setup is a Paramount Style A, all original except for a clear Remo head and new two foot maple/ebony bridge, gauges 38, 28, 18, 12. It’s a great banjo and sounds amazing, but I really love the sound you get from a Dave Boyle these days so I’m looking to adjust my setup to move in that direction as much as possible. Of course I realise there’s a lot of differences between the two in terms of tone ring, tailpiece etc. but I just wanted to see if anyone hear had an idea about it. And before it gets mentioned, I know the best way to get the DB sound is to buy a DB banjo but 3,500 euro is a bit steep for me right now.
Anyway, looking forward to hearing your thoughts.