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May 27, 2024 - 5:51:19 PM
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310 posts since 12/9/2009

Lots of discussions about how to remove a tight tone ring and I've used the stove top, a rubber mallet, and screwdrivers for prying. I recently bought a mini heat gun for soldering wires and tried it out today on a tone ring. Taking care to not get too close and melt the finish, and turning it slowly, it worked like a champ.

Just thought I'd mention it.

May 27, 2024 - 7:02:41 PM
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79 posts since 3/24/2004

Great to know!

I’m guilty of damaging a rim despite trying all the different methods I could find here.

My wife thought I was losing my marbles putting banjo rims and rings in the freezer overnight then putting them in a frying pan the next morning.

l’ve tried using very thin razor/scraper blades to slowly push the ring off the rim taking my time and going slowly but still managed to gouge little pieces off the inside of the rim… which I’m still trying to figure out how to repair.

Now I have the opposite issue of trying to get a tight ring back on the rim that I managed to get it off of. I’ll definitely try a heat gun!

May 27, 2024 - 7:38:40 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

12056 posts since 6/29/2003

One time quite a while ago, a music shop here has a Epiphone Recording tenor banjo that needed work. This was before my garage was set up as a workshop. I had to get the tone ring off and boy, was it tight. I had to use a piece of 2 x 4" wood and a hammer to bang it off. Not ideal but the only way to do it.

May 27, 2024 - 8:53:52 PM
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5772 posts since 5/29/2011

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Originally posted by looped77

Great to know!

I’m guilty of damaging a rim despite trying all the different methods I could find here.

My wife thought I was losing my marbles putting banjo rims and rings in the freezer overnight then putting them in a frying pan the next morning.

l’ve tried using very thin razor/scraper blades to slowly push the ring off the rim taking my time and going slowly but still managed to gouge little pieces off the inside of the rim… which I’m still trying to figure out how to repair.

Now I have the opposite issue of trying to get a tight ring back on the rim that I managed to get it off of. I’ll definitely try a heat gun!


To get a tone ring back on a tight rim I take a file and go around the rim where the tone ring sleeve touches. It may not be the ideal way to make the ring fit but it works. A tight ring chokes the sound so I shave off enough to loosen the fit. With a file, I can control how much wood I remove better than using a power tool like a Dremel.

May 27, 2024 - 8:57:29 PM
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400 posts since 11/16/2011

I use a small phillips head screwdriver in one of the 20 holes (original purpose?) just far enough to pull on the ring holding the rim. Go to another hole nearby, repeat. Apply heat to the ring with hair dryer if extremely tight.

Once the ring is a fraction off the top of the rim slip a thin plastic card in and work it around until the card moves freely around the top of the rim. Sometimes it helps to start with a corner, go to the shorter edge and then the longer edge of the card. Old insurance cards, credit cards, schlage entry cards, promo cards in junk mail, work great. I have about 20 with slight differences in thickness.

Add another card work them around together. Once you have two cards in the rest is easy. Just push another card in between the two and one revolution will allow another, and another...

May 28, 2024 - 6:31:18 AM

KCJones

USA

3060 posts since 8/30/2012

I just throw mine in the fire. Burns the rim out and then you've just gotta polish the ring up a bit.

Nice thing is that gets rid of the worthless old wood so you can replace it with something fresh.

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