I bought this banjo a couple weeks ago. A”belltone legacy.” It is a really good sounding five. Flamed maple neck and reso, Rim is out of a 1926 style 3. The tone ring is unplated and weighs a ton. I haven’t weighed it but the banjo as a whole weighs more than the stelling archtop I had at one time. Tone ring has to be close to four pounds. The only markings are the ones shown in the picture. I’d like to find out what kind of ring this is and more information on the banjo itself. As far as I know it was built by gene Elkins in Michigan, assuming 2005 from the marking on the tone ring
Edited by - phillbilly97 on 09/27/2021 19:51:06
It would surprise me if the BT marking did not stand for BellTone and wasn't a custom ring made for these banjos.
Why someone would bother installing something that massive on a '26 rim is beyond me. Most be some magic mojo dust in the combination, I guess.
I don't know but usually the good tone rings weigh between 2 pd. 15 oz. to 3 pd. and 2 oz. may be up to 3 pd. 6 oz. but mostly the range I mentioned at the first. I would think the BT means Bell Tone???? Just guessing.
I would say that rim was originally with that ring!!
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