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Feb 23, 2024 - 7:27:10 AM

easy

USA

232 posts since 1/23/2009

Howdy friends. I'm putting together a new banjo pot, and would like some advice on which flathead tone ring to go with. I've got the Prucha pot-metal flange and tension hoop and a cherry rim I got off Ebay. I like a dry, plunky sound, with quick decay (low sustain). Any ideas. Bonus points if it doesn't break the bank. I can mill the rim down myself for a good fit. Thanks all,
Easy

Feb 23, 2024 - 7:36:44 AM

RB3

USA

1983 posts since 4/12/2004

You can't go wrong with a Huber tone ring.

Feb 23, 2024 - 8:35:25 AM

22 posts since 2/18/2024

HR-30 is best for huber!

Feb 23, 2024 - 8:49:31 AM
like this

15065 posts since 6/2/2008

Tone rings that don't break the bank are the Sullivan SUL-1 pre-war style 20-hole ($240), the Tennessee 20 (in the $300s I think), and a used RK ring (probably under $200).

Get the first two from Sullivan.

Feb 23, 2024 - 10:20:12 AM

easy

USA

232 posts since 1/23/2009

Thanks, but the Huber is a bit out of my price range (quite a bit out). I know a good tone ring ain't cheap, but I'm looking to spend roughly about half of the 700 bucks a Huber would cost me. ATM, the JLS is catching my eye. Thoughts? Anyone familiar with the difference between the #4 vs. #12? Any others I ought to be looking at? Thanks

Feb 23, 2024 - 1:49:12 PM

435 posts since 6/28/2006

I would go with a used Huber vintage ring.

Feb 23, 2024 - 2:52:21 PM

banjoez

USA

2784 posts since 7/18/2007

I've always liked the JLS rings. Nice rich full tone. Great rings.

Feb 23, 2024 - 5:14:04 PM

6918 posts since 10/13/2007

Hatfield tone ring. $350 nickle and $400 gold.

https://www.hatfieldbanjos.com/banjo-parts.asp

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