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Huber: Truetone

Submitted by double E on 10/5/2010

Where Purchased: Turtle Hill Banjo

Year Purchased: 2010
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter


This is the best sounding Huber I have played to date. Steve has a real winner with the new HR30 ring and engineered rim. It truely does have that old tone to it. You need to play one of these to experience it.

Sound Rating: 10


Absolutly no problems. Plays GREAT!!! Needed no set up period.

Setup Rating: 10


This one is the Vintage with the satin nickel and old binding, and wreath inlay. I love it. I personally have got to where I like the old look. The finish and fit on this mahoghany banjo is flawless as far as I can tell. I dont see any imperfections in it at all.

Appearance Rating: 10


No worries for me on any of this.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Talked to Jim at Huber banjo for a good hour about this banjo. Very helpful and a lot of knowledge. If I ever do need it repaired I dont think I will have any problems.

Customer Service: 10


Every part of this banjo is top notch as far as I can tell. Excellent craftsmanship.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I like this banjo better than any I have ever owned for overall appearance, tone and playability.

Overall Rating: 10

Tone Rings: Huber HR-30 Tone Ring

Submitted by double E on 12/11/2009

Where Purchased: Steve Huber

Overall Comments

The New Huber HR-30 Tone Ring is everything people have said. It still has the Huber sound, but with more power and tone than the orig. Huber ring. Its clearer up the neck than the old ring. Fit perfectly in to my Lancaster. I really like this ring!

Overall Rating: 10

Tone Rings: Blaylock

Submitted by double E on 11/29/2009

Where Purchased: Hangout Member

Overall Comments

Blaylock Nickel 20 Hole Bear Tracks Ring.This is a really sweet sounding ring with a lot of the Crowe sound. Sounds really good in my mahoghany banjo up and down the neck. Very broad color spectrum with warm tones.I like Blaylock rings and I think this is one I will be hanging on to.

Overall Rating: 10

Tone Rings: Yates

Submitted by double E on 7/1/2009

Where Purchased: warren yates

Overall Comments

Purchased a V33 no hole unplated to try in another top of the line banjo. First I need to say Warren is one of the easiest and most down to earth people I have ever dealt with. The Yates ring is very impressive. The banjo plays effortlessly,powerful tone, excellent lows and highs. The thing that stands out most to me is how even the tone and volume is up and down the neck. Its really clean and clear between notes. Set up as Warren recommended, with 10-11-13-20-10 strings and a Yates Bridge. If you like the Ron Stewart sound, this ring should please you!

Overall Rating: 10

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