What’s the difference between the two tone rings besides the price?
If ya find out definitely let me know. Im interested in a Bear Tracks myself.
Maybe someone will reply, let us know.
I think the bear tracks is his newer ring. The older ones were just blaylock. Not sure if there is any major difference.
Bill Blaylock never had only ONE type of tone ring, he's experimented with different cuts and shapes - and alloys, as far as I know - and has offered different models to whoever took the time to email him and ask for advice. He's always been really gracious, helpful, and of course accurate and detailed in his replies. I sure miss our emails and chats, and of course I wish I'd had the money to buy everything he made before being forced to stop building.
The Bear Tracks is one of his best rings, IMO, but I've had great results - depending on the banjo I put them on - with the LOD series, the #89, the #808, the #805, the #104, and the #106. I'm currently buying a #105 and a #4303, which I haven't tried yet but which I heard great things about.
Some lucky (and quick) guy just took a #405 which was for sale here on the BHO, almost a steal at the price he paid: it's an awesome ring. At this time, you can find a gold plated / no-hole #105 in the BHO classifieds, and a long-skirt LOD.
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