I am a banjo player from South Carolina. I had a "brand" name banjo
that I had installed a "Top brand tone ring" in. I really thought
it sounded great, had that old prewar type tone to it. I played it
all over the Southeast, with many people telling me how good it sounded.
In September of 2003, I bought a "Granada" made by Frank Neat,
with a "top brand" tone ring in it. I liked the feel of the neck,
how it played, but the sound did not compare to the banjo I was playing,
so I decided it would be my second banjo.
One day while fooling around on the internet, I noticed that the "Chief"
had changed to a "Blaylock" tone ring.