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Tone Ring Query

Apart from the obvious. What’s the difference between a tone ring with and without holes?

I have heard several professional banjo players make reference to this topic but they never gave any explanation as to the difference. Is this simply Trivia Information or is there some scientific reasoning behind these different types of tone ring. I am just curious

I can’t think of anything except for weight.

I have a wood tone ring on my Goldtone which makes it 4 pounds lighter which makes a huge difference especially when standing up.

At this point in my banjo playing, (two years), I probably couldn’t tell the difference soundwise.