I’ve been asked the difference between white and so-called “translucent” tambourine heads. There is actually quite a big difference and our choice is deliberate and significant.
All natural skins are processed to remove hair, fatty deposits and other organic matter. After processing, the heads are a translucent yellowish color. While we could just end the processing there, we take one extra step to help the head retain its tautness when mounted to our tambourine shell.
All of our tambourine heads are pre-stretched in production so that the tension remains tight once its mounted to the frame. In the process, the stretching of the fibers turns the skin milky white. While this step adds a little cost, we feel that it helps keep the skin tight, especially under humid conditions.
Just another reason why Grover Pro has been the world leader in concert tambourines for over 30 years!