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Dec 6, 2022 - 8:58:13 AM
5287 posts since 3/22/2008

Microfilm. Was wondering what Vega model featured in attached ad that was new in 1929?

Dec 6, 2022 - 9:26:42 AM

3182 posts since 4/7/2010

My best guess is the Vega Crescent model. I know the Crescent was one of the last banjo models they introduced in the pre-war time frrame and the price point seems to be right.

Bob Smakula

Edited by - Bob Smakula on 12/06/2022 09:27:44

Dec 6, 2022 - 10:01 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


26651 posts since 6/25/2005

About $560 today. That was just before the Great Crash and the start of the Great Depression.

Dec 6, 2022 - 4:49:30 PM

5287 posts since 3/22/2008

Thanks for the heads-up. I thought it unusual for Vega to announce a new banjo in 1929 but I guess several manufacturers did so as the tenor banjo fad declined.

Dec 6, 2022 - 8:48:40 PM

12477 posts since 10/27/2006

1929 was the transition to pyralin trim  and 2-piece backs on resonators and open nuts on the hooks—all cost cutting measures. The 26 flange pieces should make it a Crescent if it has all those features, a LW ring and a star inlay in the headstock. It's a variant on the older Style N.


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