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:
- 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
- Tub of water to soak the head in
- Razor blade or exacto knife
- Rubber band, zip ties, or a large hose clamp for securing the tambourine
- Needle nose pliers
- 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.