This was a long time coming and delayed with the shutdown but we finally have a flange to show for our efforts.
I posted on these back in March. Can’t wait to get these polished up and plated. They are turned and machined from a brass casting. It took a bit to get the patterns dialed in but we got it. Looking forward to hearing the tone.
Can y'all cut custom designs? Email me if you can, because I have some questions. Thanks.
It may be possible in the future, but at the moment our metal department (me, myself and I!) are swamped! I’ll keep you posted.
Edited by - CompanionBanjo on 08/03/2020 14:03:19
Looks great. It's nice to see a flange sporting something other than the same Gibson pattern.
Good job. It looks awesome and I like The design.
Edited by - Robbie McKee on 08/03/2020 14:46:46
Very attractive and classy-looking. Distinctive! Will these be available for sale, or are they proprietary?
We may be convinced to part with a few!!
What are the dimensions?
I.D. and OD are turned to standard One Piece flange specs. We did that to keep things simple and standard for our tooling
I am so pleased that someone is once again interested in brass one-piece flanges. They were utilized on Ode, earlier Ome, Imperial, Liberty, and others in the 60s-80s. And they were once offered by StewMac. But then demand shifted to the pot-metal (zinc) flanges. So they have been hard to find in recent years.
What differences do you expect to find between your brass flange and the typical zinc flange?
I’m hoping they will have a nice bright clear tone. I plan to partner it with a block rim and tone ring made from the same material.
I think with a nice setup it will be great. I am hoping to provide some videos of metal comparisons in the future.
There will be difference but as always what is heard is subjective.
My Great Lakes top tension has the tone ring, flange, and tension hoop from the same material -- same block of metal even. It's a powerful and clear sound.
The flange and the tone ring will be the same material, with the same vibrating characteristics, on opposite sides of the rim, coupled together with the block rim. Should be a stunning sound.
Do banjos with brass flanges tend to be bright-sounding?
Ira- I have heard my pickers describe brass flange banjos as bright. An interesting observation is that when tapped the brass flange rings out very much like a bell. It has a lot of sustain when compared to tapping a pot metal flange.
Dont get me wrong, I’m not saying that a “tap tone” of a flange correlates to a superior banjo, it’s just an observation. Perhaps we will end up with a very responsive banjo.
Our goal is to produce a good quality US product that is repeatable and distinct. Also investing in metal injection dies is cost prohibitive at this point. So brass seems to be our next best option. They have been popular so far. Looking forward to success!!
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