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Jan 20, 2021 - 9:23:40 AM
845 posts since 5/31/2004

A friend of mine has a 1924 Whyte Laydie mandolin banjo and would like to fit it with a resonator, preferably a close fitting one.

I don't remember seeing close fitting ones made for a 10 1/8" rim, but I told I'd ask about it on this forum.

Jan 20, 2021 - 2:21:29 PM

342 posts since 6/26/2011

They are generally like hens teeth in my limited experience. If they were made at all, I'm no expert. Closest I ever came across was a 10 3/4 in incher which had been modified considerably. You may know more sellers over your side of the pond than I do, so you may have more luck. I keep looking at Bernunzio and Bob Smakula, but no luck so far.
Good luck from Bill.

Jan 20, 2021 - 3:26:41 PM



955 posts since 11/30/2015

Hey Mike, I have 3 Vega resonators sitting in a box. Please send me an email so I can get you whatever pics and measurements you might need.

Jan 20, 2021 - 3:28:01 PM

845 posts since 5/31/2004

Will do, Dan. And thanks, Bill.

Edited by - vintagetenor on 01/20/2021 15:35:25

Jan 20, 2021 - 10:08:32 PM
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8 posts since 9/7/2018

Jan 21, 2021 - 4:31:50 AM

845 posts since 5/31/2004

Thanks, Hayao. I have seen those in various sizes. But the type of resonator I'm referring to has walls that cover the nuts.

Jan 22, 2021 - 4:22:14 AM



120 posts since 8/30/2009

Hi Mike,
I think I have what you are looking for, I`ve only ever seen this one, it`s a push fit over the back of the rim, quite deep, two and a half inches, with four felt lined blocks that the rim is pushed into, nothing but friction holding it on. It has a Vega label glued inside but I always thought it a bit suss! It does have the typical Vega "pie section" veneer on the back and faux tortoise shell binding.
Ala, it also has a nasty crack in the sidewall and a couple of holes where I guess someone had tried to get a more secure fastening. I`ll try and get some pics for you tomorrow.

Jan 22, 2021 - 5:30:51 AM

845 posts since 5/31/2004

Much appreciated, Deke. I don't think you can send photos with a private message. Please email them to


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