(Re)Building a Second Line Bass


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I went to New Orleans before Christmas, which got me motivated to refurb a vintage marching bass. The bass was a freebie, and the calf skin heads are toast.

Is it possible to find synthetic replacements, I'm not sure about the diameter were these standard?

Also, I have 15" hihat/clash cymbal with suspicious dings and nicks around the rim. The shop owner who sold it to me didn't know what it was, he thought it was maybe a clash cymbal. How would I go about mounting it? Do I mount it to the hoop, or devise a cymbal mount and mod the shell? I think I would prefer a hihat style mount for the option of using it as a clash, but not too picky here.