We kept all the original hardware as well as the resonator making it an excellent banjo for many different styles of playing. All-Original and Extra-Fine. Sold Out. $1,477.00 . 211 lambert ave., palo alto, ca 94306 – 650-493-2131, Gryphon Is Open For Business For Online & Email Orders, c. 1924 Vega Tubaphone Style X No. Beautiful and fancy inlaid “Vega Tubaphone” 5-string banjo. Vega designed the Tubaphone to be the ultimate classical banjo but it works very well for old-time music, and, in its four-string configurations, it’s perfect for backing up a jazz band or leading an Irish session. Bid Now. Part of Skinner Fine Musical Instruments Online Auction 3490T ending Thursday, November 19 at 7pm EST. Apparently, in 1915, Homer Chalet Garber, "the marvel of the banjo world" from Des Moines, Iowa, ordered a custom 5-string Tubaphone banjo from the Vega Company in Boston. $2,399.00 $2,599.00 Sale. This Vega Tubaphone was sent to me as a complete Vegaphone with a beautiful original tenor neck. Serial: #51704. A very close representation with some modern improvements, this banjo will stand out in any crowd. Deering Banjo Company has been making Vega banjos for over 20 years and have taken a treasured banjo brand to new highs. Contact; Store Policies; Adam Tober 508-970-3216. This is a replica of the later version of the Vega White Ladye Tone Ring. Vega banjo case short neck tenor open back style m. maple, non original tailpiece. Vega Tubaphone Style M Tenor Banjo, c. 1921, serial no. of tenors. Visit Store See Inventory. Other than some rusty brackets, two of which don't match the others, the pot is in decent condition. vega-tubaphone-16_opt A very rare vintage Vega Style M tubaphone short scale tenor banjo which were made only for two years in 1922 and 1923. The Vega No.2 is a banjo made of top grade curly maple stained light amber and buffed to a high gloss. for sale at www.nicksguitars.co.uk This banjo is an original VEGA TU-BA-PHONE #3 grade 5-string banjo made around 1925 and continues to be one of the best-respected banjo models in the world. Helpful Links. A few weeks ago i bought a Vega martin 5 string banjo, tubaphone tonering, the screws to attach the shoes to the bracket band go through the bracketband but also through the rim. It uses a hollow square tube which greatly increases the banjo's sustain. Not exactly sure, it could be one made in Japan, before Deering Banjos bought the name. 49548, the pie plate resonator, with original case and tuning wrench. I specialize in banjo repairs, banjo restorations, and banjo consignments of vintage 4 string,5 string,6 string,8 string banjo, banjo guitar,banjo mandolin, etc. Maker: Vega. I matched the finish of the original neck and used the original inlays. This is perhaps the best Vega Tubaphone we have ever offered. We swapped the Vega lettering in the peghead inlay to Tango, the town in West Virginia where they live and added in a silhouette of West Virginia in the lower part of the fingerboard. This was the gigging instrument of a pro "folk-dance musician" for decades (he was playing at the Newport Folk Festival when Dylan went electric) and it just has that feel when you play it. Vega Vintage Star Banjo. This is our version of the legendary Vega Tubaphone banjo from the turn of the century. Reply. A-124887 Open Back Banjo With case . Like its shorter-necked sibling, this is a great banjo for jazz. Would suit either a Whyte Ladie or Tubaphone pot. Year: 1923. 9 Banjo », Building New Banjos for an Old-Time World. Fiberskyn Head. This 17-fret tenor Tubaphone is in all-original condition. Vintage Vega Professional 19-Fret Tenor Banjo. Vega Tubaphone Five String Banjo This Vega Tubaphone was sent to me as a complete Vegaphone with a beautiful original tenor neck. Case Original Hard. Vega designed the Tubaphone to be the ultimate classical banjo but it works very well for old-time music, and, in its four-string configurations, … Vega Senator 17-Fret Irish Tenor Banjo w/Resonator. Welcome to Banjo Haven! 1925 Vega Tu-Ba-Phone Style M 4-String Tenor Banjo with Original Case. Visit Store See Inventory. $2,950.00. Skinner Auctions. The owner wanted to preserve the original instrument as much as possible but copy the original neck details making it into a five string banjo. It has long been known that the metal structure that supports a banjo head can have a real influence on the responsiveness and tone of the instrument. $39.99 shipping. The Deluxe was the later design of what was previously called "Style X No.9" in the Vega line. Vega’s Tubaphone banjo has been praised by players as one of the finestsounding banjos for over a century. Sale. Original throughout, and in a beautiful state of preservation, this top-of-the-line open back Vega five string is ready to be the centerpiece of a collection or an outright great performer. I matched the finish of the original neck and used the original inlays. This plectrum Tubaphone has seen well-done restoration in its day. Starting around 1900, the Vega banjo company was among the most prolific and successful at perfecting the banjo “tone ring.” The endpoint of Vega’s tone ring development was called “Tu-Ba-Phone,” which referred to the appearance of the square section tubular tone ring perforated by holes and clearly visible on the inside of the banjo. no. 45803, with original case. Can you tell me more like age and value? This 1926 Vega Tubaphone style M 11 13/16" pot with serial number 71996, was a tenor in a previous life. Banjo for sale Vega Tubaphone Deluxe. Price: 1895.00. The top of the line tenor banjo for Vega in the 1920s. The dimensions of the neck are quite similar to the early Vega banjos - full, yet fast and comfortable. Skinner Auctions. The tubaphone tone ring creates that unique Vega tone in this professional quality maple banjo. Vega designed the Tubaphone to be the ultimate classical banjo but it works very well for old-time music, and, in its four-string configurations, … or Best Offer. $75.85 shipping. The plectrum version was merely called "No.9" At some period every company transitions, and this is what we call a "transitional banjo", meaning it is part Style X9 and part Deluxe As far as I know the hooks and nuts are original. It's simply the nicest original Vega Tubaphone #9 we've had here at Gryphon. The owner wanted to preserve the original instrument as much as possible but copy the original neck details making it into a five string banjo. Index: 10 283. serial numer is 1707. The pot has all the original parts except for a replacement Ode head. Part of Skinner Fine Musical Instruments Online Auction 3490T ending Thursday, November 19 at 7pm EST. Good for ole time and bluegrass playing. Vega Tubaphone Style M Tenor Banjo, c. 1920, serial no. Taken at Mad Dog Studios. We are very excited to offer three top-of-the-line Tubaphones in each of its popular configurations: the five-string, the tenor and the plectrum. Vega’s Tubaphone banjo has been praised by players as one of the finest sounding banjos for over a century. The Vega No.2 is a banjo made of top grade curly maple stained light amber and buffed to a high gloss. While other makers offered fancy instruments, Vega specialized in elegant mother-of-pearl inlay with engraved floral motifs and delicately carved neck heels. Fancy Tubaphone style inlays on peghead, fingerboard, and on the back of the peghead and heel. The Vega No.2 is a banjo made of top grade curly maple stained light amber and buffed to a high gloss. He had two Orpheum No. Lot 1213, Estimate $400-600. Did you know that 80 percent of the value of all of your household contents will likely be found in less than 20 percent of your items? excellent condition.A few scratches but solid and nice. The owner had me do a couple of tweaks to the original inlays to make it a little more personalized. Style X #9 Tubaphone Tenor Banjo. Vega complied and presented him with this unique beauty. Vega designed the Tubaphone to be theultimate classical banjo but it works very well for old-time music, and, in itsfour-string configurations, it’s perfect for backing up a … 14 watching. Here's the one you've been waiting for. It has a clear, ringing tone that would sound great in classic jazz band or picking out a few old-time fiddle tunes. 9” was just about the most elaborately decorated and expensive fretted instrument in production. of tenors. 9 Tubaphone Tenor Banjo Oh, decadent, gold-plated bliss! Case Original Hard. Case: orig hsc. The owner wanted to preserve the original instrument as much as possible but copy the original neck details making it into a five string banjo. The tubaphone tone ring creates that unique Vega tone in this professional quality maple banjo. According to banjo historian Stu Cohen, checking the relevant catalogs, "The Vegaphone (a Tubaphone model with the 28 piece flange and resonator) was introduced in August, 1923. Inventory Types. Year ~1921. 1920s Vega Tubaphone Deluxe 17 fret tenor banjo - ohsc. Banjohaven also sells vintage 4 string instrument parts. During the heyday of American banjo production at the turn of the last century, the Vega “No. Condition Good. 1928 Vega Tubaphone Comes with Mike Ramsey curly maple neck 5-string conversion neck. It has a good bright tone and comes with excellent hard shell case. Reviews There are no reviews yet. 11″ Vegaphone Rim with Matching Resonator, Custom and Original Vega Mother of Pearl Inlays. Public. Guitarists may be interested to know these can easily be tuned to the same pitches as the top four strings of a guitar. This particular tone ring was one of the most successful with its bright ringing sound and was fitted to all of Vega’s professional grade instruments for 6 decades or more. Call. The Deluxe was the later design of what was previously called "Style X No.9" in the Vega line. 1923 Vega Style X No. Vega banjo "pie plate" resonator,suit Whyte lady or Tubaphone 10 and 15/16th pot Very beautiful maple resonator to go on the back of a 1920's Vega banjo. Click on a picture to enlarge it. Make Vega. The tailpiece is a Presto that has a cover that slides off, and 8 hooks allowing the tailpiece to be used on banjos, banjo guitars, or banjo mandolins. Get highlights of GryphonStrings news delivered to your e-mail inbox. $85.00 shipping. VINTAGE Vega FRS-5 5-string Banjo Ser. Condition: EX-FINE. These particular models with extended board and unusual 11 1/2 inch head with tubaphone tone ring were only made between 1922 and 1923 and are very hard to come by making them extremely collectable. The dimensions of the neck are quite similar to the early Vega banjos - full, yet fast and comfortable. The tubaphone tone ring creates that unique Vega tone in this professional quality maple banjo. Year ~1920. Sold Out. or Best Offer. Grover Geared Pegs. Banjo Lovers Online We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Flush-Fit Resonator. $4,149.00 You Save 9% ($410.00) The tubaphone tone ring is one of the most sought after tone rings in banjo history for its clarity and warmth. Wim (Ed.- Note the classic Tubaphone tone ring.) $2,069.00 $2,299.00 Subscribe. Top-of-the-line Vega Tubaphone Short-Scale Tenor Banjo. Vega Little Wonder Banjo. Banjo, Vega Tubaphone Serial # 0053 New/Preowned New SKU TMP625 Condition Brand New Body Type(s) Medium, Banjo Neck Wood Mahogany Neck Profile V - Hard Bridge Maple and Ebony Top Trim None Fingerboard Ebony Fingerboard Bindings Grained Ivoroid Fret Markers Engraved Shell Frets to Body 19 Headplate Ebony Headstock Bindings None Headstock Inlay Abolone & MOP Body Bindings None … Bid Now . Martin V720 Vega 4-String Tenor Banjo strings, 9-3 . Anyhow, the owner had good taste in banjos. 1928 Vega Tubaphone We had Wyatt Fawley build a new mahogany neck with torch inlay. The original engraving is still crisp and clear and the overall condition is excellent. This Vega Tubaphone was sent to me as a complete Vegaphone with a beautiful original tenor neck. $1,999.99. Call. The banjo is almost in unplayed condition, sounds wonderfull, the original case is also there. Here we have an extremely rare and perhaps one-of-a-kind Vega Tubaphone banjo with several unique features. | 650.493.2131 | 211 Lambert Ave, Palo Alto, CA. But could also be used on other banjos. The 4 piece flange was introduced in August, 1928, along with the Vega Vox and the addition of Pearloid on the resonator wall." I matched the finish of the original neck and used the original inlays. Sold Out. Make Vega. [Enquire about other head options]. Be the first to review “Vega Tubaphone Banjo” Cancel reply. Vega’s Tubaphone banjo has been praised by players as one of the finest sounding banjos for over a century. Sign up to get the latest on sales, new releases and more … Banjo Studio. Search. A fine example of the best banjos ever made. 10 11/16" Rim. 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