Vega Tubaphone Banjo

A very cool original (non-conversion) Tubaphone #3 5-string from the late 1920's. The bracket band has the original gold plating on it, showing some wear, but left original. In 1903 the Vega Company purchased A. Original engraved Oettinger tailpiece. And up until the mid-1920s, Vega banjos carried the inscription "Fairbanks Banjo made by The Vega Company. Description: Banjo - 1909 Vega Fairbanks Tubaphone There are no pictures available for this banjo Beautiful old tubaphone, Great sound, Normal minor wear, A miniflex mic-1/4 inch jack has been added through rim and works, Professional mother of pearl restoration work, Hard case. The solid brass bracket band is hand fitted to the violin grade three-ply rim. Vega created entire lines of models around the Tubaphone design and its predecessor, the Whyte Laydie tone ring. Vega Tubaphone tenor banjo, 1926-1927. ANTIQUE Vega Fairbanks Tubaphone Mandolin-Banjo. This Tubaphone started it's life as a 1924 Vega Style X Tubaphone Tenor Banjo. , and that's OK, I like that too, but for my act I need a banjo with balls, and this Vega Tubaphone delivers. Tubaphone #3 5 string Grover geared tuners-cream buttons Modern geared 5th peg with matching vintage button. Shaller tuners. How does this work with your tubaphone tone ring? Do you have a schematic on how to cut the rim. 1920s Vega Vegaphone with Tubaphone tone ring; serial number 89120. These particular models with extended board and unusual 11 1/2 inch head with tubaphone tone ring were only made between 1922 and 1923 and are very hard to come by making them extremely collectable. It features an 11 inch head, tubaphone tone ring, 9-ply rim, segmented flame maple resonator with Vega logo at the center, Vega Artist Model-style fancy abalone fingerboard and headstock inlay, chrome-plated hardware including one-piece flange, an ingraved armrest, and. Please click the small image Back to Museum Main Page. Vega designed the Tubaphone to be the ultimate classical banjo but it works very well for old-time music, and, in its four-string configurations, it’s perfect for backing up a jazz band or leading an Irish session. The pot sports a pre-WW II-style Tubaphone tone ring, which adds pleasing overtones via a square-section tube mated to a solid brass rod, all encased in a. 1970 in Canada with a made-up 5-string neck. Was: Previous Price C $1,330. The pot sports a pre-WW II-style Tubaphone tone ring, which adds pleasing overtones via a square-section tube mated to a solid brass The Old Tone OT-800 pays homage to one of the most sought-after banjos of the "classic" period (1890 to 1930) when the Boston School of banjo making was the highest expression of the art. The tubaphone tone ring creates that unique Vega tone in this professional quality maple banjo is a true classic. I have studied many of the sought after vintage banjos and have concluded that the Weymann megaphonic rim and the Vega tubaphone tone ring both produce an excellent tone and high volume. Tubaphone #3 5 string Grover geared tuners-cream buttons Modern geared 5th peg with matching vintage button. The Vega No. Late model, original five string in what was then considered the "Professional" size. The dimensions of the neck are quite similar to the early Vega banjos; full, yet fast and comfortable. This 1914 Vega Tubaphone No. 3 Plectrum - Openback VG to Exc. The solid brass bracket band is hand fitted to the violin grade three-ply rim. Love the cross on the headstock - is there a piece of garlic inlaid in it I can see seven laminates in the neck but the thinner white veneers may be two pieces each which would make nine. + Fairbanks by Vega tubaphone vintage banjo style M #49476 mid 20s See more like this. Background: From the 1904 buyout on, Vega continued lines that had been offered by Fairbanks and added a few new models of relatively minor importance. This is a very nice old early 1920's Vega Tubaphone with 11 13/16″ pot. It's in really great condition in many ways. The tubaphone tone ring creates that unique Vega tone in this professional quality maple banjo. 1921 Vega Style X No. Find Current Values for your Antiques! Strings; Banjo, Vega, Fairbanks Tubaphone Model 9, Case. More Photos: Turn Of Century ROUND Banjo Hook & Nut - original BRASS nickel plated round hook (2 1/8" long) and matching 9/32" hex nuts for vintage banjos. Vega Tubaphone style Deering. 00 Add to cart; Vega/Flesher 12″ Fretless Openback banjo – 1925 Vega Whyte Layde Pot. This is a very nice old early 1920’s Vega Tubaphone with 11 13/16″ pot. The peg head is profusely inlaid and the back of the peg head inlaid with the Vega star. Featuring Vega's powerful Tu-Ba-Phone tonering, the model exhibits Vega's top-of-the line appointments such as pearl inlay/engraving throughout the neck, fancy heel carving, decorative marquetry on back-side of rim. Was: Previous Price C $1,330. Planet Tuners. This is a Vega Deluxe 5 string banjo, set up as a Bluegrass banjo. Vega also produced a line of brass instruments purchased in 1908. A Tu-ba-Phone', or Tubaphone, is also a model of banjo that was made by the Vega company, and the tone ring design used in it. Features: A 10 15/16" rim with tubaphone tone ring. A great quality intermediate/semi-pro model; built for "old-time" banjo - loads of good features including a "Tubaphone" tone ring, cutaway fingerboard and a seriously "plunky" sound. Vega Wonder Plectrum Banjo 1966 Vintage. I have studied many of the sought after vintage banjos and have concluded that the Weymann megaphonic rim and the Vega tubaphone tone ring both produce an excellent tone and high volume. Vega was the most popular maker of its time and continues to stand out in the banjo world. The 10 3/4" head and 17 frets makes it very suitable for Irish music. The dimensions of the neck are quite similar to the early Vega banjos - full, yet fast and comfortable. 2 is a true classic. A great quality intermediate/semi-pro model; built for "old-time" banjo - loads of good features including a "Tubaphone" tone ring, cutaway fingerboard and a seriously "plunky" sound. The Vega Long Neck is made with Deering's handmade, classic Tubaphone tone-ring. : C, D7, G7, G. 1197-4 ( New Home: Illinois USA ) 1930 Gretsch pot assembly restore to 5 strings N0. Both were Tubaphone rings. The banjo is in nice condition, and still has the original skin head. How does this work with your tubaphone tone ring? Do you have a schematic on how to cut the rim. 1924 VINTAGE VEGA TubaPhone Tenor Banjo Top of the line De-Luxe Model 1924 VEGA Tuba-Phone Deluxe Tenor Banjo. Jul 18, 2019- The tubaphone tone ring is one of the most sought after tone rings in banjo history for its clarity and warmth. To the right, the Vega and Vines or Scrambled Eggs inlay seen with serial numbers dating 1923 in to the early 30s. Find Current Values for your Antiques! Strings; Banjo, Vega, Fairbanks Tubaphone Model 9, Case. A complete listing of Vega banjos for sale, both new and used. Every listener of folk music, in the late 1950s to mid-1960s, who aspired to playing banjo, probably lusted after the Pete Seeger Model Extra-Long Neck - 25 Fret Long Neck Banjo with Tubaphone Tone Ring and 28 Vega Style Brass Brackets, A very cool long neck Pete Seeger Vega banjo. An 11-13/16" Tu-Ba-Phone, with 17 fret, 21" scale tenor neck. TAKING ORDERS: TUBAPHONE long neck five string Vega Style Brass Brackets, - $2,264. Ben Eller 727,905 views. It has a genuine Deering made Vega Tubaphone tone ring made of brass for outstanding quality of tone and projection. The following is a table of "Styles". Ha, silly rabbit, no one I know has only "one," or is ever completely satisfied with the banjo they are playing. Pot: Tubaphone Tone Ring. I purchased this instrument from Bernunzio back in 2003 (they have the record). Custom Plectrum "The Captain" Follow me on banjo Talk! powered by SnapPages. This small Vega is one of the more unusual Tubaphone configurations -- a four-string Melody, Mandolin or Tango Banjo, depending on how one defines any of those. 1920 VEGA VEGAPHONE 4 STRING PROFESSIONAL TENOR BANJO IN RED VELVET CASE. The Gold Tone 0T-800 incorporates a fitted metal bracket band to an 11 maple rim in which the shoe lugs bolt directly to the bracket band instead of the wood rim allowing for a more solid tone and increased sustain. Vega Tubaphone Style S 4-string Model Mandolin Banjo, c. I purchased the banjo it had a repaired crack at the top of the neck and lower head stock. A complete listing of Vega banjos for sale, both new and used. USED VEGA WHYTE LAYDIE STYLE-R VINTAGE TENOR BANJO WITH CASE $1,150. The Vega Long Neck is made with Deering's hand made, classic Tubaphone tone-ring. The Vega No. These particular models with extended board and unusual 11 1/2 inch head with tubaphone tone ring were only made between 1922 and 1923 and are very hard to come by making them extremely collectable. Vega style N 11 3/4 inches rim 5 strings banjo No. Find More Vega Banjo. Though it is made of brass, it is not extremely heavy. The models and styles we now offer have evolved since 1960 and have been continuously refined and perfected to create the finest possible tone, playability, longevity, beauty and value. This is a very fancy Vintage Vega Tubaphone. This pot design gives the Vega Long Neck Banjo a round full tone that sustains with a pure and clear sparkle. It has a headstock repair and once had a 5th string capo installed (mounting holes are present), and normal tarnished metal parts. The peg head is profusely inlaid and the back of the peg head inlaid with the Vega star. Open ball-end nuts (original vega but usually not found until a few years later so possibly not original, but still period Vega parts eithet way). All Original Parts. 9 models and two were Tubaphone No. Vega style banjo armrest for increased player comfort. Vega Tubaphone # 3 Five String Banjo - BanjoHistory. Easily the fanciest bee- themed banjo in the shop. That is "the" Seeger banjo. I generally like the sound of the Tubaphone tone ring for Irish. Originally planning to copy the original mother of pearl engraved inlays we instead decided to go a different direction and use a contrasting wood that had some interesting figure. The cast bronze tone ring, which is heavier and denser, sounds more solid above the seventh fret, which is desired by many lead players. Heel Carvings. 2 is a banjo made of top grade curly maple stained light amber and buffed to a high gloss. Excellent player's Vega Tubaphone guitar banjo. Original 5 string with original neck, 'Vega' inlay and heel carving. Set up to Irish tenor G tuning, the banjo sounds very fine. This superbly constructed banjo has been made as a homage to those early instruments. This small Vega is one of the more unusual Tubaphone configurations -- a four-string Melody, Mandolin or Tango Banjo, depending on how one defines any of those. The new longneck was design to match the original neck in style and looks while also using some of Vega's Pete Seeger model as influence. Vega Style X No. Vega Tubaphone Guitar Banjo This one also has the rather rare original Vega "spin-on" resonator. We are now liquidating inventory. Open ball-end nuts (original vega but usually not found until a few years later so possibly not original, but still period Vega parts eithet way). This open back Vega Tubaphone Style M tenor banjo is in near mint condition and is in a period hard case. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for 1957 Vega Professional Model 4 String plectrum banjo (22 frets) Elton arm rest at the best online prices at eBay!. 1922, made in Boston, brown lacquer finish, curly maple neck, ebony fingerboard, maple rim, black tolex original hard shell case. Be the first to review “Vega Tubaphone Style M Banjo, 1920’s” Click here to cancel reply. s/n 26227 on dowel and rim. The dimensions of the neck are quite similar to the early Vega banjos; full, yet fast and comfortable. The 2 armrest slots span tension hooks that are spaced 3 1/2" to 4 1/2" apart (88. It's simply the nicest original Vega Tubaphone #9 we've had here at Gryphon. Vega's "Tubaphone" banjos, first introduced in 1909, featured a new tone ring designed by David Day, and they remain among the favorites of players and collectors because of their bright sound, high volume, and wonderful workmanship. Playable as is. Includes transpose, capo hints, changing speed and much more. VEGA Tubaphone Professional Tenor '28. B1178 Tubaphone Tone Ring This is a replica of the later version of the Vega White Ladye Tone Ring. Serial # 65190. Vega's Tubaphone banjo has been praised by players as one of the finest sounding banjos for over a century. Estimated delivery dates - opens in a new window or tab include seller's handling time, origin Post Code, destination Post Code and time of acceptance and will depend on postage service selected and receipt of cleared payment - opens in a new window or tab. Vega Style M Tubaphone Tenor with 11 1/2″ pot and 20 fret Extended Fingerboard. The Vega Long Neck is made with Deering's hand made, classic Tubaphone tone-ring. A few weeks ago i bought a Vega martin 5 string banjo, tubaphone tonering, the screws to attach the shoes to the bracket band go through the bracketband but also through the rim. The tubaphone tone ring creates that unique Vega tone in this professional quality maple banjo. Jonathan Beyer said this on 01/28/2011 at 11:54 | Reply. The rim is equipped with a 10-15/16" skin head and a Tubaphone tone ring. 9 Tubaphone Tenor Banjo When it snows it drifts Vegas, huh? This is the earlier of two Vega Style X tenors I just finished-up. The banjo is almost in unplayed condition, sounds wonderfull, the original case is also there. Deering Vega #2 5 String Banjo - Tubaphone tone ring, curly maple neck, maple rim. Deering Banjo Company has been making Vega banjos for over 20 years and have taken a treasured banjo brand to new highs. It dates to slightly after the period that Martin owned Vega (late 1970s). The Vega Company purchased the A. With the world's most beautiful peghead inlay, the heel carving, the engraved fretboard inlays, this is a particularly rare, early and desireable version. Open quick view dialog for Vega Old Tyme Wonder Banjo Vintage Vega 1920s Tubaphone. Originally planning to copy the original mother of pearl engraved inlays we instead decided to go a different direction and use a contrasting wood that had some interesting figure. Beautiful and fancy inlaid "Vega Tubaphone" 5-string banjo. A great candidate for a five string conversion, this Vega Vegaphone Professional tenor banjo has a two-piece maple neck and a maple pie section resonator. but of course the open back banjo is the favourite of old time, frailing, and clawhammer players. The Cocobolo neck has a 23 3/8" scale fingerboard festooned with inlays of honey bees, honey combs, thistles, and possibly the most elaborate bee hive ever inlayed on a banjo. Carving and engraving are outstanding. 9 was regarded as the epitome of banjo design, both cosmetically and structurally speaking. banjo - 1909 Vega Fairbanks Tubaphone Beautiful old tubaphone, Great sound, Normal minor wear, A miniflex mic-1/4 inch jack has been added through rim and works, Professional mother of pearl restoration work, Hard case. The solid brass bracket band is hand fitted to the violin grade three-ply rim. Many photo's. Ibanez Artist Series 5-string banjo (vintage mid-70's) $625. 78 0 bids + AU $110. , and that's OK, I like that too, but for my act I need a banjo with balls, and this Vega Tubaphone delivers. An 11-13/16" Tu-Ba-Phone, with 17 fret, 21" scale tenor neck. Original Frets are as new! Lyon and Healy Kerschner Unique Tailpiece Nickel Plated Armrest. Original old Planets with M-O-P knobs. 90mm to 114. The banjo you brought in is a Vega Fairbanks Tubaphone #9, which is their highest grade Tubaphone banjo that they ever made. Vega style N 11 3/4 inches rim 5 strings banjo No. Vega Style M Tubaphone Tenor with 11 1/2″ pot and 20 fret Extended Fingerboard. VEGAVOX DELUXE VINTAGE PLECTRUM BANJO RENEE KARNES RESTORATION BEAUTY. Custom Plectrum "The Captain" Follow me on banjo Talk! powered by SnapPages. The tubaphone tone ring creates that unique Vega tone in this professional quality maple banjo. American banjo by the Vega Company of Boston, circa 1921, Model Tubaphone no. Originally planning to copy the original mother of pearl engraved inlays we instead decided to go a different direction and use a contrasting wood that had some interesting figure. 9 Tubaphone. This type of tone ring will produce volume but makes the banjo very heavy and the cost of the tone rings are expensive. See the welcome below:. It has an 11 3/4 inch skin head. 00 USD - Used - Good Condition. The banjo is almost in unplayed condition, sounds wonderfull, the original case is also there. Original 12" rim assembly w/ fabled Tubaphone perforated tonering; all hardware appears original, though the rim and pie-plate resonator have been stripped of finish in favor of a blonde look; original six string No Knot type tailpiece. Find great deals on eBay for vega banjos. Vega was the most popular maker of its time and continues to stand out in the banjo world. 00 Martin Vega VIP Banjo 5 String USA Vintage Banjo Resonator Closed Back Nice!. Vega Tubaphone #3 Model 5 String Resonator Banjo (1928), made in Boston, Mass. 2 is a banjo made of top grade curly maple stained light amber and buffed to a high gloss. Welcome to OME Banjos! We are a small, family-owned company specializing in building exceptional Bluegrass, Old-time, Irish, and Jazz banjos. Some like the old plunky Galax, VA. Mahogany neck with a carved heel. Ebony Fingerboard. Vega Wonder Plectrum Banjo 1966 Vintage. The banjo can be fitted with a resonator: Vega used a system of fleur-de-lis plates under each tension nut to make a 'flange'. Vega Tubaphone tenor banjo, 1926-1927. + Fairbanks by Vega tubaphone vintage banjo style M #49476 mid 20s See more like this. The resonator was not made by Vega, but we're presenting this consigned banjo just as it arrived because a little brass plaque on the inside of the resonator has the name "Henry Lea", a well-known repairman and banjo restoration guy in the Sacramento area who did work for a lot of the banjo bands and. The tailpiece is a 1920s Kirschner. 00 USD - Used - Very Good Condition. The penultimate Vega Vox V was designed for banjo wizard and consummate showman Eddie Peabody (1902-1970) in the late 1960`s. Jonathan Beyer said this on 01/28/2011 at 11:54 | Reply. Dave plays a Doug Unger 1927 Vega Tubaphone, a Kevin Enoch model 300 and a Jason Romero fretless. No fault of this product, just keep a pair of bolt cutters nearby to shear that screw if needed. The Tubaphone tone ring and deep resonator add a great punch to the sound of this banjo. General Terms and Conditions Imprint Data protection information. A MASTERPIECE RESTORATION CREATION OF THE ULTIMATE PLECTRUM BANJO. Play along with guitar, ukulele, or piano with interactive chords and diagrams. The Vega Co. We are a leading provider of Vega Banjo, find a wide and ever-changing deals for sale. Unlike many of its contemporaries this is a coherent original banjo - the majority of 5-string Vega banjos from this period are actually original rims (salvaged mostly from tenor banjos) with modern reproduction 5-string necks fitted to them this one is the exception. They are 230, 243, 353, LVII (57?) and CXXVI (126?). Introduced around 1909, the Tubaphone tone ring was used on all the best subsequent model Vega banjos until the demise of the company in 1970. but of course the open back banjo is the favourite of old time, frailing, and clawhammer players. No reviews or videos yet for Vega Style M Tubaphone Tenor Banjo. Fairbanks-Vega tenors tend to be 16 or 17 fret short scale open back versions of the 5-string range. The lighter brass tubaphone tone ring in a banjo is sweet, round with a rather light, delicate sound especially when played up the neck. Adjustable Truss Rod. This pot design gives the Vega Long Neck Banjo a round full tone that sustains with a pure and clear sparkle. 00 USD - Used - Good Condition. Late model, original five string in what was then considered the "Professional" size. Martin, Great new banjo - looks and sounds great. To find one with the AC Fairbanks plate is even harder to find. We make genuine Vega Tubaphone tone rings of brass to create a beautiful quality of tone and projection. The Vega tubaphone banjo is unquestionably one of the most unique banjos ever designed and produced. Beautiful Gold Tone OT-700A (Short Scale) 5 string banjo w/ Gold Tone hardshell case. Fairbanks Banjo by The Vega Co. It is a c ustom model with a factory installed resonator and individual flanges. The solid brass bracket band is hand fitted to the violin grade three-ply rim. The tuning pegs have been replaced as I have found the originals in the case. Also fits banjo that have a 10 15/16" (277. We are offering here a 1910 A. Bob is a 5 time winner of the Galax banjo contest, and one of the principals of the fine Liberty banjo company of the '70. Gyphon Peg head Engraved marker dots - zero wear Carved heel 10-15/16 rim 27" scale Friction tuners. It has a headstock repair and once had a 5th string capo installed (mounting holes are present), and normal tarnished metal parts. To the left the Imperial Torch design, usually seen with serial numbers dating from 1918 to 1922. 78 0 bids + AU $110. Bob pulled a vintage Tubaphone pot from his extensive collection and paired it with a fresh Maple neck he carved with a smooth V profile and dyed a dark, cherry red. Pete’s banjo had a Vega Tubaphone pot and a custom neck. Featuring Vega's powerful Tu-Ba-Phone tonering, the model exhibits Vega's top-of-the line appointments such as pearl inlay/engraving throughout the neck, fancy heel carving, decorative marquetry on back-side of rim. Beautiful Pearl Inlay. This is a very nice old early 1920's Vega Tubaphone with 11 13/16″ pot. 63 Likes, 2 Comments - Homewood Music Bob Tedrow (@tedrow) on Instagram: "Early Vega Tubaphone banjo 12" pot; 30 bracket; Mike Ramsey neck. Vega Tubaphone #3 Model 5 String Resonator Banjo (1928), made in Boston, Mass. 1929 Vega Tenor Banjo Professional model, Tubaphone Rim. tone like Wade Ward, Ramsey, et. Hand carved heel and a mother of pearl inlaid cap. 12-inch Tubaphone rim is in great shape with only - Available at 2017 May 25 Vintage Guitars &. Included is an original hard shell case. This banjo has a mahogany neck with lovely carved heel. The 10 3/4" head and 17 frets makes it very suitable for Irish music. All our banjos are made with same level of craftsmanship, work, and care. We make genuine Vega Tubaphone tone rings of brass to create a beautiful quality of tone and projection. All the guitar sites I've checked seem to think the guitar serial numbers are a mystery, and that may be true. Fairbanks / Vega Tubaphone No. The following is a table of "Styles". Vega style banjo armrest for increased player comfort. with original hardshell case, Jul 11, 2011. The tubaphone tone ring creates that unique Vega tone in this professional quality maple banjo and the Vega No. The total length of this banjo is a mere 33" with a delightfully short and comfortable 23" scale. Since this is labled a Tubaphone rather than a Vegaphone, it may have never had a resonator. Vega created entire lines of models around the Tubaphone design and its predecessor, the Whyte Laydie tone ring. At that time, the only company making longnecks commercially was the original Vega Company of Boston, which made the "Pete Seeger" long neck model. Adjustable Truss Rod. Tubaphone Tone Ring. Vega Tubaphone tone ring. This is a very nice old early 1920's Vega Tubaphone with 11 13/16″ pot. Open quick view dialog for Vega Old Tyme Wonder Banjo Vintage Vega 1920s Tubaphone. Our current WAIT TIME is about 2 years from when you place your order. This early Tubaphone has the 10 3/4" pot, which many players prefer to the later 10 15/16" pot. This is an excellent, highest quality banjo is for all styles of banjo playing. Description. OT-700AThe A-scale version of GoldTones professional level tubaphone banjo. Fairbanks - Maker ~1875 - 1880. VEGA Tubaphone Professional Tenor '28. 2 is a top grade banjo made of curly maple stained light amber and buffed to a high gloss. These particular models with extended board and unusual 11 1/2 inch head with tubaphone tone ring were only made between 1922 and 1923 and are very hard to come by making them extremely collectable. The dimensions of the neck are quite similar to the early Vega banjos - full, yet fast and comfortable. All parts original except newer "no knot" tailpiece. 22 Nickel Silver Frets. The Vega No. The Vega tubaphone banjo is unquestionably one of the most unique banjos ever designed and produced. This type of tone ring will produce volume but makes the banjo very heavy and the cost of the tone rings are expensive. The solid brass bracket band is hand fitted to the violin grade three-ply rim. Ebony Fingerboard. The Vega Long Neck is made with Deering's hand made, classic Tubaphone tone-ring. When Earl Scruggs was younger, the first company to supply him with banjos were Vega and for much of his career he played what has become known as the Vega Scruggs. The original hard-shell case is included. Vega Tubaphone Deluxe tenor banjo Circa 1922, S/N 48487. Welcome to Banjo Haven! I specialize in banjo repairs, banjo restorations, and banjo consignments of vintage 4 string,5 string,6 string,8 string banjo, banjo guitar,banjo mandolin, etc. This worked just fine, but the screw was a tad long when trying to put the resonator back on. 1920’s $ 2,400. This pot design gives the Vega Long Neck Banjo a round full tone that sustains with a pure and clear sparkle. Banjo is in good shape for the age. A great quality intermediate/semi-pro model; built for "old-time" banjo - loads of good features including a "Tubaphone" tone ring, cutaway fingerboard and a seriously "plunky" sound. The most popular of these instruments are the Whyte Laydie banjo and the Tubaphone line. 3 Banjo (Whyte Laydie TR) » One was the ' Tubaphone ' and the other was the oddly named ' Whyte Laydie. Original Cond Does have new strings. 9 - 1921 - 10-15/16" rim, 27" scale, curly maple neck, fancy engraved pearl inlays in fretboard, peghead, backstrap and heel cap, elaborately carved heel, original Grover spring loaded pegs with pearl buttons. The open-back tone is warm and round, and cuts through the mix without any harshness. Deering Banjo Company has been making Vega banjos for over 20 years and have taken a treasured banjo brand to new highs. The rim is an 11″ and the fretboard and headstock are gaboon ebony. I recently acquired a 1922 Vega Style M Tubaphone Tenor Banjo with a 11 1/2 inch pot/head/rim and 20 fret extended fingerboard which got me thinking about the various permutations of the Tubaphone tenors and where this one fits. Gryphon just got this in trade and imagine our surprise when we noticed the off-center 3rd fret inlays, the oversized neck heel, and realized this 18-fret tenor left the Vega factory in Boston as a No. Neck: Curly Maple Stained Light Amber. Pete's banjo had a Vega Tubaphone pot and a custom neck. The Tubaphone represents the loudest of the tone rings commonly found in open back banjos used for Old-Time and Clawhammer playing styles. OT-700AThe A-scale version of GoldTones professional level tubaphone banjo. The tubaphone tone ring creates that unique Vega tone in this professional quality maple banjo is a true classic. Send the rim with your order to serve as a deposit. Original 5 string with original neck, 'Vega' inlay and heel carving. It has a headstock repair and once had a 5th string capo installed (mounting holes are present), and normal tarnished metal parts. Vega’s Tubaphone banjo has been praised by players as one of the finest sounding banjos for over a century. 3 Plectrum - Openback VG to Exc. It had been there for 20 plus years with no issues. 63 Likes, 2 Comments - Homewood Music Bob Tedrow (@tedrow) on Instagram: "Early Vega Tubaphone banjo 12" pot; 30 bracket; Mike Ramsey neck. This is Why You Suck at Guitar, Lesson 16: You Don't Know What Chords Go in Every Key! - Duration: 25:24. 2 is a banjo made of top grade curly maple stained light amber and buffed to a high gloss. 78 0 bids + AU $110. 1922 Vega Tubaphone 5-String Plectrum Banjo The heel is carved, it has the heavy-duty ply-maple Vega rim and Tu-Ba-Phone tonering, and the 2-piece mahogany neck. Made in Boston by the Vega banjo company. The dimensions of the neck are quite similar to the early Vega banjos - full, yet fast and comfortable. It has the flowerpot headstock inlay and plays and sounds great. VEGA Tubaphone professional banjo. Tenor Banjo Tubaphone 1924-1925 Vega Fairbanks Tu-ba-phone (40. Considering the painstaking quality of Bob’s work and the warm voice, this R. Taking orders: Tubaphone long neck five string Vega Style Brass Brackets, $1,700. Beautiful Pearl Inlay. 3 Click on the pic for more info. Style Ms were shipped by default as Regular size whereas the two higher end models were welcome Vega size by vega; one had to specify otherwise. Vega Tubaphone Deluxe tenor banjo Circa 1922, S/N 48487. Vega Style M Tubaphone Tenor with 11 1/2″ pot and 20 fret Extended Fingerboard. Ebony Fingerboard. Ivoroid Binding. How can I get the best sound for dollar on my long neck? Jonathan Beyer. Vega Tubaphone style Deering. Maple Ridge Banjo with Antiqued Brass Hardware USD $ 1,585. It is a standard long scale, 19-fret model Vega Artist, which model is an ornate Tubaphone tone ring-equipped tenor banjo, having fancy appointments including extensive floral carving at the heel of the neck, elaborate, large floral fingerboard inlays that, when new, were etched and blackened to show details of the flower but those engravings. Fairbanks Banjo by The Vega Co. Any Tubaphone banjo with serial number lower than 25052, or A WL#7 with number above, but close to 24956, but especially around 25000 Instruments with serial #s between 26019 and 26023, when the switch from Fairbanks plate to F-V stamp seems to have occurred. 1922 Vega Tubaphone 5-String Plectrum Banjo The heel is carved, it has the heavy-duty ply-maple Vega rim and Tu-Ba-Phone tonering, and the 2-piece mahogany neck. Vega Tubaphone Style S 4-string Model Mandolin Banjo, c. American Tenor Banjo, The Vega Company, Boston, c. The instrument looks incredible. It has the flowerpot headstock inlay and plays and sounds great. It's in really great condition in many ways. The tubaphone tone ring creates that unique Vega tone in this professional quality maple banjo. FREE with this banjo: 1 set of top-quality spare strings, a capo (for the 4 long strings) & a pair of fitted capo spikes (for the 5th string). 1930, stamped FAIRBANKS BANJO, MADE BY, THE VEGA COMPANY, BOSTON MASS and 51568 on the dowel stick, the inside rim stamped 51568, diameter of head More. All parts original except newer “no knot” tailpiece. MM-150LN Long Neck Banjo Gold Tone WL-250 White Ladye Open Back 5 String Banjo Gold Tone BC-350 Bob Carlin Signature Model Open Back Banjo with Hard Case Gold Tone BC-350 Bob Carlin Signature Open Back Banjo Package Gold Tone OT-700A Vega Tubaphone Tribute Open Back Banjo w/ Case. The Vega Company dominated the banjo market for the first three decades of the 20 th century. Many photo's. With a Maple neck and Pot and a Tubaphone tone ring, this 16-fret Style M has tons of plunky tone. 00 USD - Used - Good Condition. Touted by many as the ultimate banjo tone, it is prized for it's full, round and yet sparkling tone and for its depth and responsiveness. Beautiful tortoise shell binding on ring. 10 15/16" rim with 27" Scale. Q: What years was the flower pot headstock inlay available on the Tubaphone style 3, 5 string banjo? DL A: Roughly 1909 to 1913, the last serial number seen was 30441. The Old Tone 0T-700A is an accurate reproduction of the most sought after banjo design in the classic Old Time sound, the Vega Tubaphone. A Tu-ba-Phone', or Tubaphone, is also a model of banjo that was made by the Vega company, and the tone ring design used in it. Prices are for a finished neck installed and set up on your Vega rim and include five new Five-Star planetary tuners, tailpiece and other necessary hardware. Find great deals on eBay for vega banjos.