This was just a little test that I couldn’t try until the low power settings were enabled. Nothing fancy, but the results were interesting. Took a calf skin banjo head from a 1921 open back banjo. Threw it in the GF and engraved an image. (Thought that Munch’s Scream would be appropriate.)
The camera flash washed out the image on the full banjo shot. Backlit through a window makes the image pop. It’s interesting that white in the image comes out more white than the original skin due to a dithered low power blistering effect. If you have ever burned your own skin you know the look. The dark areas came out as expected, a light burned brown.
The integrity of the skin and the sound did not seem to be affected. That was important because it’s under a great deal of stress. Installing a skin head is an art. The slightest nick and the head will rip when tightened.
All in all, not quite as much contrast as I had hoped but still a conversation piece for the next jam.