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Vega Tu-ba-phone Banjo

Vega Tu-ba-phone Banjo

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Description (Brief)
This Tu-ba-phone model banjo was made by the Vega Company in Boston, Massachusetts around 1922. It has 28 brackets, a carved mahogany neck with an ebony fingerboard with inlaid pearl position marks, and a patented brass top hoop and bracket band over a 7 lap sectional maple hoop. The banjo and is stamped with the serial number 50232.

The Vega Company purchased the A. C. Fairbanks Company in 1904 and produced banjos of high quality largely based on earlier designs of Fairbanks. This Tu-ba-phone model incorporated a heavy “tone ring” originally patented by Fairbanks in 1890, a feature still favored by modern banjo players for the quality of tone it produced.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
banjo
Date made
1909-1925
date made
ca 1922
maker
Vega Company
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Measurements
overall: 37 1/2 in x 11 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 95.25 cm x 29.21 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
1987.0055.01
catalog number
1987.0055.01
accession number
1987.0055
Credit Line
Gift of Adam Gallan
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Music & Musical Instruments
Banjos
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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