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Jun 21, 2020 - 2:55:30 PM

carteru93

Canada

5399 posts since 12/14/2006

Hey all,

Sort of a phenomenon I suppose and Ive been out of the loop for a bit as some of you know but Ive noticed something on the BHO lately;

Talk of Sloan tone rings.

Up until a couple months ago I'd never even HEARD of one now it seems like half the conversions and older banjos up for sale have this ring and i'm hearing all about them all of a sudden.

Can someone give me a little backstory/history and maybe explain why they seem (to me) to be talked about so often lately?

Thanks!

Jun 22, 2020 - 4:58:41 AM

GStump

USA

372 posts since 9/12/2006

These tone rings are made by Jerry Sloan, who is a member here unless i'm mistaken, and if you scratch around a bit you can find out a lot of info about him and how to get in touch with him. the latest tone rings he is making are of VERY good quality and simply "have it." he's been fooling with banjos for years, and whether he actually came up with this latest formula by accident or intent, or a combination of both, they produce a scary replica of what many seek, in the never ending search for the elusive "prewar tone."

Jun 22, 2020 - 8:17:40 AM

269 posts since 4/26/2007

^ I will second what Gregg said above.

I'll also make mention that these rings have been on the market for much longer than recent attention on a larger scale might indicate. Several friends of mine have excellent prewar conversions that have been fit with Sloan rings for well over a decade now, and I've long admired the tone they produce.

As for why Jerry's rings have been brought to light in the last several months, I have no clue. Jerry doesn't even have a website to the best of my knowledge; it may have been a combo of word of mouth, a higher rate of production, everyone being at home recently with more time to tinker/research, and it snowballed from there.

Edited by - HuberTone on 06/22/2020 08:18:34

Jun 22, 2020 - 7:02:14 PM

carteru93

Canada

5399 posts since 12/14/2006

quote:
Originally posted by HuberTone

^ I will second what Gregg said above.

I'll also make mention that these rings have been on the market for much longer than recent attention on a larger scale might indicate. Several friends of mine have excellent prewar conversions that have been fit with Sloan rings for well over a decade now, and I've long admired the tone they produce.

As for why Jerry's rings have been brought to light in the last several months, I have no clue. Jerry doesn't even have a website to the best of my knowledge; it may have been a combo of word of mouth, a higher rate of production, everyone being at home recently with more time to tinker/research, and it snowballed from there.


Seems reasonable!

Thanks to you both!

I do realize they've been on the market for some time, I just find myself hearing a lot more about them here and more of them (conversions especially) on the marketplace.

Time and funds needed due to quarantrine may be to blame as you mentioned.

Jun 23, 2020 - 12:13:36 PM

BobbyE

USA

2724 posts since 11/29/2007

I stumbled across a YouTube video just yesterday put up by John Boulding who reviewed one of these rings that he put in his personal KK prewar banjo should you want to get an idea of what it sounds like and what John has to say about it.

Bobby

Jun 23, 2020 - 7:08:59 PM

carteru93

Canada

5399 posts since 12/14/2006

Great video and some good advice on the setup as well. He's really in love with this ring! I personally love my Beartracks ring by Bill Blaylock which has some similar characteristics (a little "dryer" sounding but that's what I like) but I see why these are so popular even recorded on an iPad mic. Thanks for the share! John certainly has the knowledge to know what works and what doesn't even though nobody has the same ear, to some, good is good. And that's damn good. Just what you want.,.balance and also power up the neck. I'm surprised these are sort of coming to surface to us know-nothings now.

Still never will part with my Blaylock though ;)

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