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I think I asked once before but must've got side-tracked. Anyone have suggestions for an easy, yet not complete fix? That is... without ripping off the skin and replacing it.

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Comment by Strumelia on November 4, 2022 at 6:27pm

You could 'try' cutting a spare piece of skin to glue over the tear as an (obvious looking) patch. I patched an old tambourine that way.

Comment by Patrick Haas on November 14, 2022 at 5:30pm

I had a similar problem with one of my banjos. I wet the area down and stitched up the tear with artificial sinew. (waxed linen I use to sew leather bags). And let it dry. 

Worked well for quite awhile. Not much change in sound. Friends would call it my “Frankenstein” banjo. Hopes this helps. 

Comment by Al Smitley on November 14, 2022 at 6:35pm

Thanks, Patrick.  That might be beyond my experience and know-how but I appreciate the suggestion.

Comment by Timothy Twiss on November 15, 2022 at 10:20am

Maybe small piece(s) of linen, soaked in a solution of Elmer's glue and water. It will dry and shrink securely. Patch 

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