I have a prewar 00 half-inch rim that hasn't been in a banjo in years. I'm entertaining the idea of banding the rim to make it full thichness, then turning it to fit a particular tone ring that I have. Who on here has had this done and what were the results? Who do you recommend for the task and why? The rim isn't doing me any good in its current condition. Thanks for the input.
I believe Eric Sullivan, Sullivan Banjos /First Quality Music, has done this sort of thing before. Glues an additional ply to the inner diameter.
I'd talk to him, if I was you.
Bill Hayes (Bill-in-NC) has done that on several of his thin-rim conversions. Or, rather, I believe he sends the rims and wood for Jimmy Cox to do. I've played one or two them. Sounded great.
There are people who don't believe in altering original rims. There are others who believe in doing whatever helps them enjoy their instruments -- especially ones they intend to play.
Personally I think at that point you should just use a modern rim. The rim is hardly prewar if it has wood added to it.
I have to agree with John.
The rim is much more valuable left as it is, and once modified it is no longer a pre-war rim other than in eBay ads.
Just get a new rim made to your specifications, or a tone ring made to fit the rim. I think Eric makes those.
I once purchased a 3 lb ring from Mitch Meadors that I put on an uncut style one rim and it sounded pretty good,especially after a Charlie Cushman setup. The only difference I can think of is that it would sit 1/4" higher on your rim.
I also had a Kalamazoo rim with a Sullivan conversion rim. I recorded an album of original tunes with that banjo. I think I have the tunes on my media page if you want a listen.
'changing key' 4 min
'Tablature' 3 hrs
'Bird Houses' 3 hrs
'Irish Tenor Banjo' 3 hrs