I've been eye-balling the Vega Vintage Star and the Vega White Oak (12" models) and am thinking of snagging one of them. I have a couple of banjos (Rickard Dobson and Pisgah Tubaphone). I am a bit of a sucker for Dobson tone rings. I live in southern CA and, unfortunately, there's no music stores I'm aware of out here where I can test these out. I called Deering and their showroom is closed due to COVID19 for the foreseeable future. I hate having to buy instruments without giving them a test drive, but I've been stuck doing that with banjos.
Overall, I prefer the looks of the Vintage Star, but that inlay work/fingerboard on the White Oak model looks fantastic as well. Tone is much more important to me and (as much as you can tell from videos) they both seem solid. The White Oak model stood out to me a bit in a couple of videos, seeming like it has a great combination of warmth and clarity. Having a hard time making a call here! Anybody out there try both and have any recommendations?
Edited by - tlgrimmy on 03/01/2021 13:31:13
Also, I'm not opposed to looking at other instruments at a similar price point. I tend to prefer that vintage esthetic with antiqued brass and simpler inlay patterns, but would consider other options if they just happened to be tone monsters worth looking into.
I feel your dilemma. I would love to have hands on experience with either of these banjos. I lean toward the white oak but is a break from tradition. The fretboard is tge midnight maple with polaroid inlay.
It really is a good choice to have to make I think they are both good banjos.
I’m actually considering the very same purchase, so I’ll happily bump this thread.
With that kind of money you can pretty much take your pick from custom builders.
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