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brass vs wood

Posted by Ken LeVan


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Size: 849kb, uploaded 2/20/2018 5:56:12 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

sound test of brass vs wood tonerings in identical banjos

2 comments on “brass vs wood”

championofnorthhuron Says:
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @6:31:47 AM

And when you say brass... brass rod, tube, other?
And regardless of what form the brass takes, I would expect to hear a significant difference. Knowing your attention to things that matter in a controlled test... i.e. changing only one variable at a time, I have no doubt when you say "identical" banjos, you mean identical in every way other than the tone ring. So what's interesting here it that I can jump instantaneously to about the same place within the 'tune' by clicking at about the 1/4 and 3/4 play points on the track, creating an almost unbroken stream of music. And I can detect no difference what-so-ever in either tone or volume. IMO I'd identify both of those rings on the 'bright' side of tonality, though I know other factors such as head, strings, or even use of picks also modulate that.

Ken LeVan Says:
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @10:09:59 AM

I made that file this morning as I am about to post something on the current wooden tone ring thread. Both banjos are exactly the same, and I'll post exploded views of both pots.
The one is a 2-alloy self-skirted "whyte Laydie/Electric tonering of my own design I call the "ToneWave, the other is a skirted baked ipe, very wide one I call the "SuperWoodie. When I sit playing them, I really can't tell any difference myself, although there is some elusive quality of the wooden one I think I hear, but it may be my imagination.


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