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Nov 19, 2019 - 8:23:22 PM

Vidy

USA

4 posts since 11/19/2019

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


Nov 19, 2019 - 9:36:11 PM
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rcc56

USA

2351 posts since 2/20/2016

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

Nov 19, 2019 - 10:26:49 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

22565 posts since 6/25/2005

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.

Nov 20, 2019 - 6:53:37 AM

Vidy

USA

4 posts since 11/19/2019

I found a number! Thank you


Nov 20, 2019 - 7:01:33 AM

Vidy

USA

4 posts since 11/19/2019

A better look


Nov 20, 2019 - 7:43:03 AM
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893 posts since 12/8/2006

60s? Harmony neck?

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:45:39 AM
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4836 posts since 9/21/2007

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.

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:50:38 AM
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12355 posts since 10/30/2008

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.

Nov 20, 2019 - 9:21:28 AM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

22565 posts since 6/25/2005

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.

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:27:02 PM
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6351 posts since 8/28/2013

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.

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:28:47 PM

Vidy

USA

4 posts since 11/19/2019

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.

Nov 23, 2019 - 5:24:30 PM
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10475 posts since 10/27/2006

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.

Nov 23, 2019 - 8:06:52 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

22565 posts since 6/25/2005

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

Nov 24, 2019 - 10:31:09 PM
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10475 posts since 10/27/2006

If recent research is to be believed, 1922.

https://www.banjohangout.org/archive/322998

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