How to Change a Tambourine Head

One of the most common questions I see online in percussion forums are questions related to fixing or replacing a tambourine head. Granted it’s not nearly as easy as replacing a snare drum head, but it’s also not as hard as most think. With a good kit and some common household tools, you can replace your tambourine head in less than an hour.

Things you will need to replace a tambourine head:

  1. A replacement calf head. Grover Pro Percussion sells a kit that includes a new calf head. You can also use an old timpani head and cut out your own
  2. Tub of water to soak the head in
  3. Razor blade or exacto knife
  4. Sandpaper
  5. Glue
  6. Rubber band, zip ties, or a large hose clamp for securing the tambourine
  7. Needle nose pliers
  8. About an hour (after the head has soaked)

I needed to replace a head on one of my oldest tambourines, so I made a step-by-step video of how I did it. Rather than read how to do it…. watch it!

Let me know if there are any other “How to” videos you would like to see below.


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