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Tone Ring Choices for 1963 RB-250 Rim?

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May 25, 2019 - 7:55:35 AM
1657 posts since 10/17/2013

Last year, I bought a 1963 RB-250 rim from Gene Elkins.

I have three tone rings which I’m considering installing on the rim. One is the “rare, hard-to-find Sullivan/Gibson Crowe ring” which I bought from Alex Colvin in January of this year; the second ring is a JLS #12 which I bought last week, and the third is a Blaylock 20-hole ring from Bob Rodgers, which ring is currently installed in my tenor Kalamazoo conversion. I’m tempted to switch the JLS and the Blaylock, but the Blaylock sounds so good in the conversion, that I’m kind of scared to mess with it.

Any recommendations or suggestions will be appreciated.

FYI, I do not plan to buy another ring specifically for this rim. I’m just asking which of the three above-mentioned rings would be the best.

Edited by - bluegrassbanjopicker on 05/25/2019 08:00:37

May 25, 2019 - 9:18:50 AM

6714 posts since 12/5/2007

I don't think you could do much better than the JLS 12. I believe it will have a longer skirt so you might have to modify the rim just a bit so that it will seat properly on the inside flange.

There could be another issue with the overall height of the ring.  The last time I installed a JLS 12 in a banjo that already had a tone ring in it, not only did I have to trim the rim a bit, I also had to relocate the lag bolts in the neck.  I don't remember if I had to move them up or down but they needed to be moved to get the fret board properly leveled with the top of the tone ring once the ring was installed.

Edited by - xnavyguy on 05/25/2019 09:22:29

May 25, 2019 - 11:11:48 AM

1886 posts since 10/9/2004

I put an RK No Hole short skirt on a ‘54 150 that had already been cut for a long skirt tone ring. Sits perfectly flush on inner surface and sound is hard to describe in anything but superlatives.

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