1923 Vega Style X No.9 Tubaphone Tenor Banjo

(Serial No. 54625) Excellent condition. If you play Celtic music, or are just in to tenor banjo, here is the instrument you were seeking. This is a 17 fret Vega Style X No. 9 Tenor Banjo from 1923, in great original condition with the original hard shell case. I think this is a 1923 - I could be off by a year or so. This instrument was built in Boston. Peghead veneer is heavily inlayed with elaborate floral pattern and trillium just above the nut, the back of the peghead has pearwood overlay with the highly engraved Vega star. The heel and last part of the bole of the neck are elaborately hand carved floral pattern. Multi-laminate ebony heelcap with elaborate engraving. The fretboard has engraved Mother of Pearl inlays which are in excellent condition. The banjo also has a tube-a-phone tone ring and a maple neck and dowel. The heel is hand carved. The backstrap, the wood covering the back of the head, plus the head plate, are dyed maple. The resonator is a Vega pie plate style in maple as well, and is marked Vega in several places. Original 5-Star planetary tuners with pearl buttons. There is minor fingerboard and fret wear but it plays well. You can tune this either in CGDA or GDAE, depending on the strings used. Comes with the original hardshell case, also very clean.

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