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Aug 14, 2019 - 12:29:11 PM
169 posts since 3/24/2008

I've been wanting to start a banjo project around a prewar rim for a while now. Hokus pokus and fairy dust aside, it's just something I'm interested in and a lot of people think those old rims produce some good sound.

What pop up more often than no-hole flange rims, are the oriole / kalamazoo, and earlier tb-1s and tb-2s which have holes drilled into them around the rim (for the bracket-shoe design?).

My question is, for anyone with experience, are these rims of lesser quality / caliber than the rims with no holes? I'm sure many have converted these rims. Is it worth it to wait for a solid rim with no holes, rather than picking up a cheaper oriole or kalamzoo rim?

Thanks in advance

Aug 14, 2019 - 12:56:34 PM

12013 posts since 10/30/2008

If you try to sell one with a rim that was drilled for shoes, you will find the market does not value them as highly as "Mastertone" rims or other solid rims like later Style 1, 2, 10 and 11.

Not to say you might make a fine project with one. You might find it great. Many will disagree.

Aug 14, 2019 - 1:53:38 PM

69678 posts since 5/9/2007

The holes in my '29 tb-2 rim seem to be small pilot holes in just a fraction of an inch.
Covered by the flange.


Edited by - steve davis on 08/14/2019 13:56:04

Aug 14, 2019 - 1:58:33 PM
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4896 posts since 10/12/2009

Here's a beautiful banjo in the Classifieds, built around an Oriole rim and resonator.......

Aug 14, 2019 - 3:34:23 PM
like this

2293 posts since 12/18/2004

I have used many prewar shoe bracket rims in banjos over the years and it's my opinion that they make as good sounding rims as the 1 pc flange prewar rims and they are probably a couple hundred dollars cheaper.
The 1 pc flange rims don't come up for sale as much as the shoe bracket rims.
Except for the holes I personally believe they are the same rim made from the same wood.
Don Bryant NC banjo luthier

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