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Aug 6, 2020 - 2:30:48 PM
5 posts since 5/19/2020

Who makes fat rims? Looking for a 3 ply maple prefer Red Maple. Thanks a bunch.

Aug 6, 2020 - 2:36:58 PM

1232 posts since 4/17/2009

Just about anyone building quality banjos. Eric Sullivan offers a variety of rims, block and 3-ply, and uses a variety of maples depending on what the customer wants. He's got southern and northern varieties of maple, I'm currently using one of his block rims and am beyond pleased with the volume and tone.

Warren Yates offers some great rims lately, but as far as turning down for banjos other than Yates, I do not know.

A word of caution about red maple: with most tone rings, it can sound a little sharp in tone, even thin sometimes. It sounds better with a loose head imho, to control some of the brilliance in tone. I've noticed a nice sugar maple rim has a stronger, more solid tone.

Aug 6, 2020 - 2:47:59 PM

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Aug 6, 2020 - 4:14:34 PM

2296 posts since 4/7/2010

What thickness defines a "fat rim"?

There are many vague terms in banjoland. it would be nice to have specific measurements on more of these.

Bob Smakula

Aug 6, 2020 - 4:27:52 PM

1021 posts since 2/6/2006

Bob, I would venture to suggest a opf rim thickness of .640”
Ymmv!
Brian

Aug 6, 2020 - 5:07:02 PM

13245 posts since 10/30/2008

KYJerry do you mean fat like the rims for two piece flange banjos 1925-1929? Those are certainly available.

Aug 6, 2020 - 5:37:16 PM

5 posts since 5/19/2020

quote:
Originally posted by The Old Timer

KYJerry do you mean fat like the rims for two piece flange banjos 1925-1929? Those are certainly available.


Aug 6, 2020 - 5:38:13 PM

5 posts since 5/19/2020

Certainly similar, think Crowe’s “banger” fat rim.

Aug 6, 2020 - 5:41:37 PM

1232 posts since 4/17/2009

quote:
Originally posted by Bob Smakula

What thickness defines a "fat rim"?

There are many vague terms in banjoland. it would be nice to have specific measurements on more of these.

Bob Smakula


Like most things pertaining to 1930s Gibson, there's no one size fits all approach. I've seen the rims around 0.620 on the bottom, some 0.635...anything over a mid-30s 0.600 is considered "fat."

Aug 6, 2020 - 7:04:38 PM

5706 posts since 10/13/2007

quote:
Originally posted by kyjerry1971

Who makes fat rims? Looking for a 3 ply maple prefer Red Maple. Thanks a bunch.


You going to build a banjo or modify one?

ken

Aug 6, 2020 - 7:39:51 PM
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RioStat

USA

5259 posts since 10/12/2009

Here's one from a 1929, shoe-bracket, Gibson TB 1..........it's pretty "fat", I think......


 

Aug 6, 2020 - 7:54:49 PM

13245 posts since 10/30/2008

Well a tube/plate flange is much thicker than Crowe's "banger" rim. So I don't think you'll have any trouble. The cut of the rim is totally dependent on the inner diameter of the flange you're going to use.

Aug 6, 2020 - 8:10:49 PM
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271 posts since 8/7/2007

Kyjerry71,

We have red maple rim blanks at our shop that should work for you. We turn rims daily and have seen just about every possible combination. Rims for 1pc flange, 2pc flange, shoe bracket, archtop, flat head, pyramid, tone hoop, even turned a 12” Mike Ramsey woodie for a tone ring today. We can supply a blank for you to turn or we can machine a rim to fit our components or yours. The rims we are currently turning were bent about 9 months ago so they are well seasoned. If there is any way we can help, please just give me a call at the shop ( 502-365-5022) and we will get you taken care of.

Thanks, Eric

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