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Sullivan conversion ring vs Hopkins conversion

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Aug 9, 2020 - 6:40 PM
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2203 posts since 10/12/2004

I have two 1930 Gibson banjos. One is TB-4 with a Frank Neat neck and a Sullivan no hole conversion ring. The other is a TB-3, , Frank Neat neck and a Hopkins 20 hole conversion ring. Take into consideration that one is mahogany, one is Walnut, but both sound good. To me the Sullivan no hole has more “ high end” tone. The Hopkins 20 hole has more in the mid range. I think both sound great, just depends what ones ears like hearing the best.

Aug 9, 2020 - 7:22:28 PM
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4520 posts since 11/20/2004

More trouble than I would want to do, but I would think you need to switch them and see if the same sound follows the ring or if the difference is just the pot and neck. I have three 30's rims with the same ring in all three. All three mahogany necks are my own build and setup is as near alike as I can do, but each has a different sound.

Aug 9, 2020 - 7:28:19 PM

2203 posts since 10/12/2004

Too much trouble.quote:
Originally posted by lightgauge

More trouble than I would want to do, but I would think you need to switch them and see if the same sound follows the ring or if the difference is just the pot and neck. I have three 30's rims with the same ring in all three. All three mahogany necks are my own build and setup is as near alike as I can do, but each has a different sound.


Aug 9, 2020 - 7:58:18 PM
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3870 posts since 5/1/2003

I once had a kalamazoo one piece flange conversion that first had a Sullivan ,then switched to a Blaylock conversion ring. Honestly,I couldn't tell much difference... except the Sullivan cost me $200 and the Blaylock $400.

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