Whyte Laydie/Electric style tone ring prototype

I bought a ring roller earlier in the fall with the idea that it would make the production of tension hoops faster and more precise, and would also enable me to mess about a bit with tone rings and such.  This is my first experiment.  It’s an Electric/Whyte Laydie type tone ring made from brass and without the skirt, as I am not equipped to learn to make those.  I put it in a 12″ walnut banjo very similar to the last one I built which had a wood tone ring.  I was curious what it would sound like, so I made up a quick video that includes both banjos for a direct comparison.  I am sorry to say that I can’t play my way out of the proverbial paper bag, nor do I have equipment or skills to make high quality recordings, but I hope that this video may give some idea of the difference between the two banjos.  I’ll be making more of these tone rings soon.  Here’s the link to the video:

 

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