Appreciate the help. Thx
Anywhere from $1000 to $1500. I paid $1500 for my '59 all original RB-100. Does it have a thick rim or thin rim?
I believe serial# is 505***
Thin rim (post 1964) is somewhat less popular because you can't add a flat head ring to it. If you want to play it with just the tone hoop, it probably won't make any difference what rim. Might be closer to just $1000 if it's thin rim, just because that's a smaller, slower market IMHO.
I have a RB100 I bought new in '69. It has the half inch rim painted black.
Plays excellent like the best pro banjos but I've never liked the way it sounds with just a hoop. It's plenty loud but doesn't have the blue Grass twang of top end banjos.
I'm going to bite the bullet and buy a Cox Maple rim and flathead tone ring from Arthur Hatfield and make it sound better then a comparable Mastertone but it's going to cost about $600.
I wouldn't pay more than $1000 for an original but I'd pay $1500 for one with a thick 9/16" inch rim with a quality flathead ring from Hatfield, Huber or Yates.
If it has a thick rim, it may only need a flathead ring you can buy a Hatfield for $350. $250 used.
These discussions about rims are always talking about the "thick rim" or the "thin rim". Precisely what measurements are we talking about? I would assume 3/4" is thick. 1/2" is thin. What would you call 5/8"? How about 9/16"?
I just picked up an open back RB-170 (similar discussions about these and the RB-100) and I'm getting something between 9/16" and 5/8". I'd kinda like to know if I'm "thick" or "thin".
It's 5 ply, from 1966.
Edited by - Eric A on 02/14/2020 16:15:45
The measurement should be above the flange where a ring would sit. A thick rim may measure 5/8 or 9/16 below the flange, depending on the flange ID.
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