Here's what I think might become the basis of the pot on this build. It's a tunable tambourine! As much as I really, really wanted to repurpose an actual tom tom drum, I realised that that the rim on drums would be too tall for using on a banjo. My research is telling me that the neck and the top of the skin need to be level.
I could have gone for a hand drum, but the key here is the "tunable" bit. What I'm really buying is the skin and tone ring. I haven't decided whether I reuse the hooks or not yet.
Having ordered the tambourine, I immediately started wondering whether I should make the body too! I'd intended to simply cut holes into the tambourine to feed the neck into, but why not create a new one? Why not turn this into a real project! ;-)
See this wonderful picture below that I've snaffled from Sagmoen Banjos. Wayne Sagmoen details on his site how he makes "block rims" - go pay him a visit. Now that I've got all this mahogany, perhaps this is what I should do too! Wayne uses a router to do the final shaping. I could do that!
I want to call out a wonderful site I happened across whilst pottering about the internet. See the picture above from Bluestem Strings. I'm seriously thinking about throwing some money at Randy Cordle to buy one of his plans. I'm expecting that Randy has all sorts of little insights that could teach me a thing or five. For example, can you see the tunnelled fifth string in the above diagram? This is exactly the sort of thing that I think I'll be doing in my build!
Okay... it looks like we have a new project on the books! I'm doing all sorts of research at the moment. Haven't had so much fun in ages! Ha ha! Can I build a banjo? We'll just have to wait and see! ;-)