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Sep 23, 2021 - 5:34:32 AM
2 posts since 9/20/2021

Recently acquired a - Vega Company - Whyte Lady - Model R - 64859

Would love to find out how much it may be worth as is?

Sep 23, 2021 - 5:38:19 AM

2 posts since 9/20/2021

Have hopefully uploaded the photos properly

Sep 23, 2021 - 6:05:41 AM

14233 posts since 10/30/2008

Can't see any photos, even on your profile page.

Whyte Laydie Style R in real good condition is most popular as a candidate for conversion to a 5 string "old time" banjo, by buying and installing a 5 string neck.

As-is, a 4 string tenor style R is probably best offered to the Irish/Celtic market of players.

As it is, presuming nothing broken, missing or half-assed-repaired, value will be under $1000 but above $500. Just a guess...

I had a nice Style R that had been converted to 5 string back in the 1990s. A very nice old time banjo.

Sep 23, 2021 - 8:18:40 AM

8988 posts since 8/28/2013

Pictures are in his "media" section.

From what I can see, this banjo, unfortunately, is in rather poor condition. The peghead is broken, and the neck binding is missing in places. I'd guess there are other issues, but the pictures aren't very clear. I'd put the value of this at less than $500.

Sep 23, 2021 - 8:20:15 AM

rcc56

USA

3741 posts since 2/20/2016

In its current condition, with a section missing from the peghead, worn and corroded plating, fingerboard, frets, and binding needing attention, etc, no more than a few hundred dollars.

Sep 23, 2021 - 11:14:36 AM

4627 posts since 3/6/2006

The value is in the pot, as the neck appears to be beyond repair. Assuming the rim isn't delaminated, and all the brackets and nuts and rim screws are there, between $350 and $500. I paid $300 for one about 5 years ago, which I thought was a pretty good deal, but in better shape than what yours appears to be.

Sep 23, 2021 - 12:04:06 PM

1569 posts since 1/28/2013

Install a used 5 string neck and you could probably get $1200. There is some demand for tubaphone Vegas. They are light weight and sound good for Clawhammer.

Edited by - jan dupree on 09/23/2021 12:05:08

Sep 23, 2021 - 12:10:24 PM

8988 posts since 8/28/2013

quote:
Originally posted by jan dupree

Install a used 5 string neck and you could probably get $1200. There is some demand for tubaphone Vegas. They are light weight and sound good for Clawhammer.


This is not a Tubaphone, it's a Whyte Laydie.

Still a decent enough banjo for clawhammer.

Sep 23, 2021 - 4:47:10 PM

1569 posts since 1/28/2013

quote:
Originally posted by G Edward Porgie
quote:
Originally posted by jan dupree

Install a used 5 string neck and you could probably get $1200. There is some demand for tubaphone Vegas. They are light weight and sound good for Clawhammer.


This is not a Tubaphone, it's a Whyte Laydie.

Still a decent enough banjo for clawhammer.


I have seen 4 strings go for $800-$900. Converted you could easily add $400-$500 onto that price.

Sep 23, 2021 - 5:44:27 PM

8988 posts since 8/28/2013

quote:
Originally posted by jan dupree
quote:
Originally posted by G Edward Porgie
quote:
Originally posted by jan dupree

Install a used 5 string neck and you could probably get $1200. There is some demand for tubaphone Vegas. They are light weight and sound good for Clawhammer.


This is not a Tubaphone, it's a Whyte Laydie.

Still a decent enough banjo for clawhammer.


I have seen 4 strings go for $800-$900. Converted you could easily add $400-$500 onto that price.


The ones that go for those prices are in excellent condition. The OP's banjo is in very poor condition. A five string neck could help, but that will cost money, and the pot might still be a concern.  

Sep 24, 2021 - 2:28:21 AM
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eljimb0

USA

2017 posts since 7/24/2007

I think the "leave it alone, protect the original banjo as it is" discussion won't happen for this puppy. :)

Sep 24, 2021 - 12:34:38 PM

11752 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by eljimb0

I think the "leave it alone, protect the original banjo as it is" discussion won't happen for this puppy. :)


Agreed!

A Whyte Laydie pot in excellent condition can fetch as much as $500 if 10 15/16" (measure the head size, not from the back). A bit less if 10 3/4" or 11 13/16". 

The easiest conversion, if one can be found, is the 26" Eastman NO 2 neck. Supply comes and goes on these so good luck with that. Ideally, someone should steam the dowel out of that R neck and use it with the new one—resale value will be higher someday. If the OP is not up to the task, there are those who are. The point is not to fool anyone that this is a 115 year old Whyte Laydie NO 2 — no one knowledgeable will be deceived. Establishing provenance with the R dowel stick makes buyers happier.

Sep 24, 2021 - 2:52:25 PM

1569 posts since 1/28/2013

quote:
Originally posted by jan dupree
quote:
Originally posted by G Edward Porgie
quote:
Originally posted by jan dupree

Install a used 5 string neck and you could probably get $1200. There is some demand for tubaphone Vegas. They are light weight and sound good for Clawhammer.


This is not a Tubaphone, it's a Whyte Laydie.

Still a decent enough banjo for clawhammer.


I have seen 4 strings go for $800-$900. Converted you could easily add $400-$500 onto that price.


Yeah, he should just hang on to it, probably more trouble than it's worth trying to sell it.

Sep 25, 2021 - 5:55:07 AM
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8988 posts since 8/28/2013

The value of this banjo is determined entirly by the pot. There are not enough pictures of that pot to say what kind of condition it's in, so value is still largely guesswork. Are ther missing hooks, nuts, shoes? Is the bracket band dented or badly corroded?

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