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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Vega tubaphone "look alike"


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Vidy - Posted - 11/19/2019:  20:23:22


What must I do? With no serial / model numbers, how can I identify my banjo?


rcc56 - Posted - 11/19/2019:  21:36:11


I see what appears to be a serial number on the inside of the rim.
This may indeed be a Vega rim, but I cannot see enough to tell for sure.
The neck is not by Vega.

Can you give us pictures of the side of the rim, inside and out, one of the peghead, and one of the back of the resonator?


Edited by - rcc56 on 11/19/2019 21:43:19

Bill Rogers - Posted - 11/19/2019:  22:26:49


I concur with Bob on everything. It could well be a Vega rim, but not enough shown to say for sure. A clear photo of that number would be a big help.

Vidy - Posted - 11/20/2019:  06:53:37


I found a number! Thank you


Vidy - Posted - 11/20/2019:  07:01:33


A better look


Shop the Folk - Posted - 11/20/2019:  07:43:03


60s? Harmony neck?

Joel Hooks - Posted - 11/20/2019:  07:45:39


I see a cheap Harmony neck grafted onto a Tubaphone rim (most likely from a tenor banjo). 



I don't know what the resonator is from but it looks like someone assaulted it with a spray can of some kind of clear finish.

The Old Timer - Posted - 11/20/2019:  07:50:38


Yes an old Tu Ba Phone rim, probably from a Style M tenor, since it has a bracket band.

You can get a decent Eastman neck from Bernunzio I think that will look more correct, and be of better quality. Be sure you use an accurate head diameter measurement so the neck is of correct scale.

Bill Rogers - Posted - 11/20/2019:  09:21:28


I think all the Bernunzio necks are for a 10 3/4” shell. The scale length won’t be perfect, but isn’t with the Harmony neck either. The Bernunzio necks are factory-made in China, not “to order” at all.

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 11/20/2019:  14:27:02


quote:

Originally posted by The Old Timer

Yes an old Tu Ba Phone rim, probably from a Style M tenor, since it has a bracket band.



You can get a decent Eastman neck from Bernunzio I think that will look more correct, and be of better quality. Be sure you use an accurate head diameter measurement so the neck is of correct scale.






Maybe not a Style M. The Professional, the Vegaphone Number 3, and probably other Vega models I can't think of right now all used a bracket band.

Vidy - Posted - 11/20/2019:  14:28:47


Thank you guys, I'm not sure just what I will do with it. It is very easy to play (well the best I can..lol) but I don't know of the value orherwise.

mikehalloran - Posted - 11/23/2019:  17:24:30


Since it's highly unlikely to be from a NO 3 5 string, it's a NO 3 plectrum or a Style M tenor — both used the same pot.



The tortoisoid interior binding and serial number tell us it is not a Vegaphone — besides being too early, those pots had black paint since the resonator was going to hide it. The lack of further embellishment tells us it's not fancier.



 



Interior of my Vegaphone plectrum.





 



 

Bill Rogers - Posted - 11/23/2019:  20:06:52


The Tubaphone pot is ca. 1923-4. If you’re happy with using that neck, no need to have one made.

mikehalloran - Posted - 11/24/2019:  22:31:09


If recent research is to be believed, 1922.



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