BANJO FOR SALE
1920's Vega Style M
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
The banjo will undergo restoration after fitting the new
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.
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
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
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
Inside with fresh nitro coat
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
Second piece, one more to go, almost there
Binding with celluloid
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
10-15/16 - 11-13/16
Neck finish complete, resonator still taking on clear
Will add one coat of tinted finish to dowel
Stewmac 147 is my choice of wire
All dressed and ready to install
REMO head and DR strings furnished by Bedford Banjo Shop
Playing well, no fret outs, excellent
A powerful banjo for rhythm and it has great single string
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
Comes in a modern case that fits it tight
Another fun project, now it needs to go make some music!
Thanks for looking