Rhythm House Drums wrote:Shorty.. I think he means on top of the top ring. If you put a piece of rope on top of the top ring before you fold the skin over it hugs the shell a bit better and gives a nice clean look.
Yes, I was referring to a rope loop under the skin fold, sitting in the gap between the crown ring and the shell. I fit one to all the drums I skin because it makes for a nice neat finish.
Rhythm House Drums wrote:Also, I've never worked with cow that was workable enough to wrap over the ring edge...
I've done this with both my bougarabou and my dunduns, without any problem:
Just soak the cow skin long enough (five hours or more), and it will be plenty pliable enough to fold it over. (I pull the skin flap down with temporary verticals, so I get a lot of tension on the flap. I'm not sure how well it would work if you were to just fold it over and wrap it, without applying tension vertically.)