I'm in Seventh Heaven right now! I've been working on assembling the best plectrum banjo I can afford, and have finally reached my goal - a tubaphone pot and a good-quality plectrum neck. I purchased a 1930 tubaphone pot with a (my best guess) about 1990 five-string neck about six months ago. The neck was well-made and of a good quality with Vega-style inlays, very nice. BUT, I'm primarily a plectrum player and that darn fifth-string peg would get in the way when I'd play it as a plectrum. I'd purchased an old Vega plectrum neck, but the rebuilding of it was very frustrating and I finally decided to find another Vega plectrum neck, one that didn't need rebuilding, and change my banjo the easy way. I went through three auctions on eBay before I finally won a neck - a 1927, from the serial number on the stick. It came in the mail yesterday. I took it upstairs, tore the 5-string apart and installed the new/old neck. Perfection! The only bump in the road was having to ream out the tuning machine holes to accomodate the Stewmac 5-star tuners, and that only took about half an hour, Soon I had it strung up and found the sweet spot for the bridge, tuned it up and began playing. Ahhh- so nice. The tubaphone pot has the nicest sound, even better than my Kasuga plectrum. I'm one happy guy. I have it just in time for rehearsals with the new jazz band I've joined.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 @3:37:44 PM
I just saw that sell on ebay. (Carved heel?) It was identical to one I sold to a guy in Tacoma in Dec. I'd be willing to bet you'll get your money back and then some if you sell the 5 neck on ebay, but you've probably already figured that out. I have a tbph plec and it is sweet. Actually I'm refinishing the neck right now. Enjoy!
Plectrum Banjoist Says:
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 @8:55:25 PM
Yeah, carved heel. So cool.
I already installed the 5-string neck into a spare Vega N-model pot and it's hanging on the wall with all the others.
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