This is a rim assembly I made for
NOS 1960's Vega Parts comprised of an "Eddie Peabody"
rim and tone
ring that I had cut to convert the factory parts from a
to a deep walled Vegavox style resonator in an effort
to build a
banjo from Vega parts that is Vox like in comparison in look
and feel but
have a rim with no rim penetrations.
The banjo was together and playing fabulously, but Tyler wanted more bottom end so we opted to build into it a Tubaphone internal tube, adding weight and brass to the assembly to give it the boost he wants.
So he ordered a Tube from bill Rickard and I will cut it to fit the modern Vega spun over skirted ring the Modern Peabody banjo used in some cases.
So let's get to its retrofit!
1930s Vegavox, from Mike Cicora
getting ready to cut the rim for the Tubaphone ring
It goes up into this outside shell of a modern Vega which is actually heavier brass than Bill's skirt so I'll need to reduce the square tube a bit
That is the reduction
prepping to add only a bit of solder, I have a wish for an interference fit that will require outside shell to heat and expand to get it in.
Heated, and pressed into place
Cooled and back to original expansion
Now a dab of solder here at the joint, that's it
Cleaned up and ready to go
Weighs in at 2.25 lbs...
Rickard's is 2 lbs precisely, our heavier skirt gave us a bit more mass
Seeing how far to go...
Basically the thickness of the added tube
Rough cut to close to terminus on bet sander, now for some flattening on the table
That's how close I am with the belt
80# paper glued to table
Finding the highs and lows, like on a Bass bridge :)
Pretty flat now, ready to cut to final depth
That should do it
Went thru existing outer skirt hole the square tube, no way around that with the added tube, should be just fine on remount.
New stampings, after cut
Wiped and buffed up a bit, going together
The head that is on it is too far pulled and seems like 11" high crown, I'll check with TJ to see.
... for now, I cut a little of the band so the neck can mount and he can get a new head
Tightened and holding, looks nice and flat to me
The lags should still go thru OK and the washer will ride right on the new cut... lets hope...the neck is not here with me right now.
I making some shims for the upper bolt to make that snug..
A big piece just to show how it looks in there
That will push in evenly
A new set just in case
And a look setting in Jeff's Vox 3 resonator, that's about it for now, more later
REFRET - Brass Lacquer 2012
Just so everyone knows, Tyler is quite capable of working on his own banjo and now he is ready to learn a little about fretwork.
And we will also refinish the neck as well as clean all the brass hardware and lacquer it with a fine instrument lacquer made for brass.
Pulling the old frets
Tapping in the new wires
All hardware cleaned buffed and acetone washed
Starting with the gold Nikolas lacquer and then will be clear coats
Its a nice affordable alternative to the ever incresing Gold
costs and is very durable.
This finish is used on Horns like Trumpets and Saxs
Setup on a skin head for now
With Nikolas Brass Instrument Lacquer over raw polished brass
MOP BUTTONS on the tuners
New neck refinish
Kristen checking the new mute out
We will remove the nickel plating from it, and do the brass lacquer treatment