I am in contact with Mr. W Rickard. He is currently looking over close up photos of this banjo and will be getting back soon I hope to finalize the authenticity of this one of a kind custom banjo. After removing the neck to look for signature I find that this is a 1907 Vega Rim and 1907 VEGA neck Signed by DeCova with Number 9 Inlay. This is not modern day Tuba Phone which was made by W. A. Rickard a banjo builder extraordinaire. Parts used were to restore this banjo are from W. Rickard. This banjo has a 27.0 inch scale, Vega tuba phone ring. All heavy duty J Hooks and nuts that are provided by the maker that look just like the VEGA days. Just look at the pictures and get an I full of perfection. It has the Griffin inlayed on black as night ebony on the heel, top of the Vega line inlay on black ebony and 22 frets in very nice shape. The only wear is the mother of pearl very smooth I might add has lost some of its black ink from finger play. I thought it was strange that inlay ink will usually stay on several years. To include what I call the scribe for the ink. Well its old and I have no idea when it was changed out remade or what. Still a hot tuba phone. This is sometime not that hard to repair but would take me about 30 minutes per inlay. Action is spot on with no neck twist or neck bow. I play it with two towels inside the pot for a more mellow tone a softer and not as loud. Metal plackard with W.A. Rickard on the dowel stick. Still waiting Mr Rickards comment. There is a number provided but close hold for now. It has five digits 21516.
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