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Who has the best sounding and most consistant tone ring on the market? No holds barred!

Posted by Drivingforce on Thursday, July 23, 2009

I hear of several brands that are considered the best, but who really is the best at the production of finely made tone rings?

Right now, I have a Kullesh that is a stock item on my Granada.  It sounds good and clean, above average.  However, I am considering an upgrade, I have read up on some of the tone rings available, I figure word of mouth is best, those of you that have experience care to comment?



7 comments on “Who has the best sounding and most consistant tone ring on the market? No holds barred!”

Banjov1 Says:
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @11:43:33 AM

I'm by no means an expert and there are probably many other contributing factors to my preference. But I've heard a Tennessee 20, a Blaylock, and a Huber and I prefer the Huber.


banjotef Says:
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @11:55:31 AM

Low price category...can't beat the JLS rings for $220.   Medium price....fitch Nitro or Vintage 75 $350-#400.  These are the ones I've tried. 

Bongshang Says:
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @12:19:31 PM

I changed a Kulesh on my RB4 for a Huber. The difference was astounding.

quikcarl Says:
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @2:32:01 PM

If you ask 10 different people you will get 10 different answers, its all in the setup and with trial and error you will find the one you like. I personally like the Venom of Warren Yates he makes a no-hole and a 20 hole ring, made of brass. They sound great in his banjos and I have heard it in a Sulivan Festival and it flat woke that banjo up. Good luck in your search. quikcarl

stanger Says:
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @7:26:01 PM

 As to 'best sounding'- that's very subjective. 

As to most consistent- I think that would have to be the tone ring in the Deering Tenbrooks series banjos.

It is made by a Swiss bell foundry that has been casting the finest bronze bells for 600 years. Hard to beat that track record. These tone rings are so finely made and polished that the company won't allow them to be plated for fear the tone will be altered.

But you have to buy a surrounding banjo to get one. I don't think they are offered for sale as an independent part.

I played all the Tenbrooks banjos, and I thought they were very good. But I think there are a lot of very good sounding banjos made these days.

Sean ONeel Says:
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @10:08:52 PM

Give me Tu-ba-phone or give me death!

Banjophobic Says:
Sunday, July 26, 2009 @11:13:17 AM

I agree with whats been said. Any tonering thats made today that is 'name brand', are worthy to be used in any good banjo pot assembly. Some rings sound better in particular wood species, but you wont know for sure which ring is 'best' in your banjo until you set it up with it. I agree with teh JLS plug-they are about the best ring for the money, out there.

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