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Deering goodtime special models with the metal tone ring

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Aug 16, 2022 - 4:04:47 AM

bmart

USA

13 posts since 2/8/2016

Deering Goodtime Special model banjos with the metal tone rings. Does anyone know if you could change tone rings down the line if you wanted to? Specs state it's an 11in. Example--Changing to a Dannick or other 11in. rings. Just thinking here of what sound that less expensive banjo is capable of. I'm familiar with the Hubers,Deerings and Gibsons in the past and there amazing sound. How about a basic no frills banjo with a super tone ring in it you can take anywhere "so to speak". You may even bump this one into the edge of a table without crying for 2 days. Thanks, bmart

Aug 16, 2022 - 6:47:28 AM
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2489 posts since 2/4/2013

Generally no. The rim is probably not thick enough to support a flathead tone ring and would need to be cut even if it were. Whether any other tone ring would fit I don't know (tubaphone or Dobson for instance).

The other answer is to get a Recording King RK-R35 which is not much more in price and is not compromised like a Goodtime.

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