BANJO FOR SALE
AFTER COMPLETION
1920's Vega Style M
TUBAPHONE

11-13/16" tubaphone tone ring, 30 bracket, full resonator.
Resonator -14.5" O.D.

Convert from 17 fret to 19 fret tenor, using period parts.
Rare opportunity to own a Big rim Vega with the longer 19 fret tenor scale
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The banjo will undergo restoration after fitting the new neck.
I am the first to ever disassemble this time capsule.
I think the player may have drug it behind his car by the look of resonator edge, I will hide that in the new finish!
Thanks for looking, Like, share,inquire.

Initial Pics


Original banjo, never been apart


Thanks to Mark Ralston, who just happened to gift to me the exact neck I needed on the exact day I needed it.
I will certainly hook him up with something that makes him smile too!




Resonator had a hard life


It appears that every night the musician came home drunk, dragging his banjo down the street by it's neck.
I will have to hide that with a repair and a deeper fade on the edge, and new tortoise binding in the affected area.


New neck will take Planets, by the look of the imprints.


A couple mismatched nuts, I have the correct ones.






Same amount of fret wear on both necks.
These instruments were used to make a living, not just to look at.



Ready to pull dowel


All went well




Checking the fit



Checking the angle



80 years of dust





Cleaned with acetone after washing the dust out with water.
Adding the new black dye to the top



The big rim Tubaphone pressing on the smaller version Vegaphone


The laminate in the neck was open, so I am filling that seam with #10 CA and that will keep finish from going up in there again.


Inside with fresh nitro coat


Neck stripped


Binding pulled, ready to pull frets







Taking the residue off after sealing fret slots
My table is flat metal, I can level sand on it, using 220 here.
I will not let it load up, using new paper  after each one is full


Second piece, one more to go, almost there


Deepening slots


Binding with celluloid



Profiling




Adding markers



Adding new black dye to overlay and heel cap




Sealed, ready for tint



I will seal this edge and add new binding






Going with #20 Amber CA. I will flatten that with wax paper then sand smooth when dry


Building up the affected area with amber CA
Using the new binding for a dam for now



Stripped, and ready to profile that area





Added color to neck, with fade
Color to side wall



Color to back, ready for clear coats


All Vega dowels are numbered on the end,
I added my time capsule to the side.


Dowel glued into position

THE 3 FACES of TUBAPHONE


That is all of the metal that is in this banjo.
A mass of brass, with some class.


Coat coats done, 2 clear coats to go


After hardware all polished, time to re-assemble the rim


ready for a head


Remo 1113H, bottom frosted



Adding the tabbed flanges first


Metal cleaned up nicely

COMPARISON
10-15/16 - 11-13/16 








Neck finish complete, resonator still taking on clear
Will add one coat of tinted finish to dowel

FRETWORK


Stewmac 147 is my choice of wire



All dressed and ready to install



SETUP


REMO head and DR strings furnished by Bedford Banjo Shop




Playing well, no fret outs, excellent projection.
A powerful banjo for rhythm and it has great single string separation.
The19 fret 23" scale opens the tone, and the use of a neck  scaled for 10-15/16, the bridge placement comes closer to center on the 1113 rim.
Making for a more full tone
 Farquhar 3 foot  Maple/Ebony Tagua nut insert 1/2 bridge


FINAL PICS








Comes in a modern case that fits it tight
Another fun project, now it needs to go make some music!

Thanks for looking
Inquire-mrvintagebanjo@gmail.com