I recently took a chance and bought a Blaylock New Era 713 ring from a fellow member here simply because even though it’s not your typical flathead ring design, it’s still a Blaylock ring so it’s gotta sound good... right? Well I dropped it in my recording king (now turned parts project banjo) and it’s sounding great! Seems to compliment the roasted Sullivan block rim pretty well.
Now I’m left wondering... Where did this design come from? Looks almost like a cross between a traditional flathead and a tubaphone style ring to me and the result is a very responsive, pretty well rounded sound with a touch more crispiness. Kind of in between a flathead and an archtop sound. I tried looking around for some info, but I came up empty aside from a couple videos from Jim Britton and Kurt Kemp playing banjos with these rings.
Note-This is not the exact ring, but it's the same kind. This pic just shows it a little better.
What do you think? I like to know more about what I’m playing.
Edited by - Yellowhouseroad on 01/16/2021 13:33:22
I have an unplated conversion new era ring. It makes the prewar rim that it’s sitting on a Flathead without cutting it. The sound stands up to every other cut rim conversion I have played.
sure would like to see a cross section
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