I saw a tone rite being used at Gruins in Nashville a few weeks ago, when I asked what it was they explained it and they think it is the greatest thing since popcorn. I am not sure if they make one for a banjo, Walmart does (well sort of). The one I made totals $ 8.00 in parts and nearly 15 minutes in labor. i doubt very seriously it will work as well as the tone rite, but for $ 8.00 I can be wrong.
They showed me all the options the tone rite has, wow, what a cool unit. All the Walmart unit does is slightly vibrate the strings, but, can be adapted to any thing.
I doubt either unit is any where as good as playing your banjo 5 hours a day for 20 years (this is just a guess cause I have not done it)
Of course at what point is it the player and not the banjo. i am pretty sure if Earl ever played a TG banjo, every one else would.....(thanks Tommy, I love my new banjo)
If any one has any thoughts, advice or questions please email me, I'll let ya know how the Walmart unit works out..
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 @9:38:09 AM
Tommy, I have an ArchTop Vega with no Tone Ring. I wanted more snap and punch so I used spacer washers to raise the head off the resonator. Then I got me a heavy duty nine inch aluminum pie plate out of the kitchen and velcroed it in the center of the resonator. I got the Snap and Punch I was looking for.
Saturday, February 4, 2012 @3:07:00 PM
This is mbj (Matthew to freinds) I love your invention with the pie plate. Guess the boy can leave the farm but the farm never leaves the boy
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