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Jun 18, 2019 - 3:16:37 AM
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75 posts since 3/7/2019

Saw this for sale. Looks cool. shopgoodwill.com/Item/70173729

Edited by - Lynne on 06/18/2019 06:34:28

Jun 18, 2019 - 4:18:40 AM
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1811 posts since 4/7/2010

Though I wouldn't know for sure until I took off the resonator, but it looks like a Vega style M Tubaphone tenor banjo with a Paramount tailpiece installed. Likely built around 1914.

Bob smakula
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Jun 18, 2019 - 5:30:04 AM

213 posts since 4/14/2017

Yeah, Fairbanks ,early Vega, big pot.

Jun 18, 2019 - 6:34:55 AM

5882 posts since 8/28/2013

The only thing Paramount is the tailpiece. The rest, as Bob Smakula says, looks Vega M. large pot. I'd say "early 1920's,"though.

Jun 18, 2019 - 8:17:53 AM

1811 posts since 4/7/2010

quote:
Originally posted by G Edward Porgie

The only thing Paramount is the tailpiece. The rest, as Bob Smakula says, looks Vega M. large pot. I'd say "early 1920's,"though.


I based my guess by the torch headstock inlay and the engraved fretboard inlay. By the 1920's they were star peghead inlay and no engraving on a Tubaphone M.

Of course there is nothing absolute about Fairbanks and Vega specifications.

Bob Smakula

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:43:59 AM

75 posts since 3/7/2019

Too rich for my blood. I just thought it seemed interesting.Thanks for the facts I'm not too knowledgeable when it comes to old banjos.

Jun 18, 2019 - 10:14:41 AM

3290 posts since 1/2/2004

How much do Paramount tailpieces fetch these days? Maybe ten or 15 years ago I had about a half dozen and eventually sold them off, but I don't really recall what they were worth then. And I don't have much of a clue about current pricetags. Vinnie Mondella, are you out there?

Lew

Jun 18, 2019 - 10:19:19 AM

5882 posts since 8/28/2013

quote:
Originally posted by Bob Smakula
quote:
Originally posted by G Edward Porgie

The only thing Paramount is the tailpiece. The rest, as Bob Smakula says, looks Vega M. large pot. I'd say "early 1920's,"though.


I based my guess by the torch headstock inlay and the engraved fretboard inlay. By the 1920's they were star peghead inlay and no engraving on a Tubaphone M.

Of course there is nothing absolute about Fairbanks and Vega specifications.

Bob Smakula


Limited photos do make this one a little difficult, and you may be more correct than I given your experience. I do know that the torch inlay was used into the early '20's (I think 1923 was the changeover date) though. I admittedly didn't pay much attention to the engraving, and have no idea when that was eliminated.

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