The Huber Truetone is not so much a model, as a tone production system that can be chosen as an upgrade on any new Huber banjo. The models in our resurrected Vintage Series come stock with the Truetone system, and any professional grade banjo can be retrofitted with this system in our shop.
Two newly-announced components make up our Truetone system: our HR-30 tone ring and Engineered Rim. Both were developed over more than 2 years of rigorous analysis, testing, and prototyping using state-of-the-art scientific equipment. We refer to any Huber banjo with the Engineered Rim and HR-30 ring as a Truetone.
When Huber Banjos was launched in 2001, Steve Huber quickly established himself as an innovator in banjo construction. His Vintage Flathead tone ring replicated the formula of the vaunted flathead rings from the 1930s, and his exacting attention to detail in reproducing other prewar specs showed the banjo world how closely the tone and response of the celebrated pre war banjos could be found in a new instrument.
At the time, Steve fully believed that only time and seasoning stood between his new banjos and the pre wars that sell for over $100,000 in the current market. But further study over the intervening years showed Huber that certain banjos among these sought-after prewar flatheads stood out above the others. Of course most of the early recordings that set the standards for bluegrass banjo tone were recorded with relatively new instruments, so Huber knew it was possible to achieve this in a new instrument.
The research that led to the Truetone System studied more than a dozen of these superior old flatheads, followed by many months of testing in what became a successful attempt to produce a brand new banjo whose tone and feel were imperceptible from that of these famous prewars. That's quite a bold statement, and we invite you to let us prove it.
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