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I bought a banjo today

kendall 05 Apr 13 - 07:57 PM
Charley Noble 05 Apr 13 - 10:11 PM
Charley Noble 05 Apr 13 - 10:15 PM
KT 05 Apr 13 - 10:35 PM
Crowhugger 05 Apr 13 - 10:46 PM
GUEST,Niggardly Bastard 05 Apr 13 - 11:17 PM
GUEST,Don't post much now but glad to help 06 Apr 13 - 02:11 AM
Will Fly 06 Apr 13 - 03:33 AM
kendall 06 Apr 13 - 06:10 AM
gnu 06 Apr 13 - 06:57 AM
Rapparee 06 Apr 13 - 09:11 AM
kendall 06 Apr 13 - 09:19 AM
Mr Red 06 Apr 13 - 09:22 AM
GUEST,kendall 06 Apr 13 - 12:14 PM
Don Firth 06 Apr 13 - 05:33 PM
kendall 06 Apr 13 - 09:05 PM
GUEST,Dani 06 Apr 13 - 10:46 PM
kendall 07 Apr 13 - 07:01 AM
Mooh 07 Apr 13 - 10:19 AM
kendall 15 Apr 13 - 07:45 AM
jacqui.c 15 Apr 13 - 09:41 AM
kendall 15 Apr 13 - 09:49 AM
Mark Ross 15 Apr 13 - 01:52 PM
catspaw49 15 Apr 13 - 02:32 PM
kendall 15 Apr 13 - 02:52 PM
jacqui.c 15 Apr 13 - 04:25 PM
catspaw49 15 Apr 13 - 04:33 PM
kendall 16 Apr 13 - 03:56 PM
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Subject: I bought a banjo today
From: kendall
Date: 05 Apr 13 - 07:57 PM

It belonged to an old friend who passed a few years ago.
It's a Vega 5 string Tu ba phone number 76755. Any ideas how old it is?


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Apr 13 - 10:11 PM

No, but it's a good investment. Or pass it on to someone else who will cherish it.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Apr 13 - 10:15 PM

Kendall-

Actually if you'd like to learn more about this banjo go to Banjo Hangout/Collectors Forum and describe it and include a few photos. There are some excellent people there who would be happy to discuss it in detail. If you'd like I'll provide a link but you'll have to become a member to post.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: KT
Date: 05 Apr 13 - 10:35 PM

COOL!!
I wanna see it! (And hear it!)


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: Crowhugger
Date: 05 Apr 13 - 10:46 PM

Congratulations Kendall! New-to-you instruments are a wonderful thing. Is it in playing condition?


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: GUEST,Niggardly Bastard
Date: 05 Apr 13 - 11:17 PM

Nice. I love old Vega instruments. My favorite lap steel is a Vega.
You can get a good idea of its worth from Ebay listings.


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: GUEST,Don't post much now but glad to help
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 02:11 AM

Looks like it's from 1927 according to this: http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/group.php?gmid=30639&do=discuss


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: Will Fly
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 03:33 AM

Oh Kendall, Kendall - you've gone over to the Dark Side...


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: kendall
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 06:10 AM

Thanks Charlie, I think Guest nailed it. 1927.

It was all apart but I'm slowly getting it back together.

I borrowed this thing 30 years ago to learn to play the banjo, so, that and having it handed down from an old friend is what makes it valuable to me.

I'll post some photos when it is all back together.


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: gnu
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 06:57 AM

Careful Homeland Security doesn't find out you are building a weapon of mass destruction.

Sorry... couldn't resist.

Congrats. It's heartwarming and I'm happy for you.

Did you tell the boss yet? >;-)


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 09:11 AM

You've given up having a social life entirely, then?


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: kendall
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 09:19 AM

I've decided to stop living a life of quiet desperation.


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: Mr Red
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 09:22 AM

banjo today, banjo jokes tomorrow. Brace yerself - laddie.


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 12:14 PM

I finally got it back together, but I have no idea how to post photos here. Jacqui will be home on Wednesday. Between the two of us we know everything and that's one of the things she knows. :-)


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: Don Firth
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 05:33 PM

Congratulations, Kendall!

I bought myself a Vega "Seeger Model" (complete with Tubaphone tone ring) long-necked banjo back around 1958 or so. Bob Gibson had sung a concert in Seattle, stayed here for about two weeks, and we had a chance to get together several times. He kinda talked me into it.

$295.00 at the time. Beautiful instrument, sounded great!

But I'm primarily a singer-guitarist, and the banjo, complete with case, weight several tons (or so it seemed). Since I walked with a pair of forearm crutches, I'd managed to work out a way to carry the guitar in its case, but unless I was getting a lift somewhere and had some help, I rarely used the banjo, except that I played the hell out of it at home.

Finally I ran into someone who started drooling copiously when he saw it, so I wound up selling it to him. I felt it should get out and get played much more that I was able to, and he was ecstatic!

Really nice banjo! I often wished that I'd kept it, but I'm happy that it got a good home.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: kendall
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 09:05 PM

I had a long neck Framus banjo back in the mid 70s. Fine instrument but LOUD! and heavy as a bucket of hogs livers.


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 10:46 PM

Mine started out as a Vega, now it's a Baugus. Thanks for coming by to tune it : )

Dani


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: kendall
Date: 07 Apr 13 - 07:01 AM

Hooo what I could do with that line! LOL


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: Mooh
Date: 07 Apr 13 - 10:19 AM

Being late to the party is sort of my modus operandi, and banjo has wormed its way into my life over a period of 25 years. I dismissed the instrument as a primitive throwback until I was 30, but now, holy Remo brother, I love it.

Every so often I get to hear old Vega banjos and always love them, newer ones too. Not being able to afford such a thing, I find myself sufficiently happy with modern Gold Tones (Irish tenor, 5 string and recently a ukulele banjo). Maybe a trade up will happen...

In the meantime I'm sure I'm not alone in living vicariously through other Mudcatters.

Congratulations Kendall.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: kendall
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 07:45 AM

Jacqui took some pictures yesterday, I suspect she will post them here soon.


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: jacqui.c
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 09:41 AM

Pictures here.

It is a really nice instrument. The back is very plain right now but we have a fancy resonator to replace the one already on it.


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: kendall
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 09:49 AM

I bought the fancy one in the bargain bin at Indian Neck about three years ago. Didn't have a banjo at the time, but I knew I would at some point, and it served as a wall hanging for three years.


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: Mark Ross
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 01:52 PM

Beautiful.

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: catspaw49
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 02:32 PM

Well, all jokes aside......beautiful instrument. I was hoping for some POS thing that I could make fun of, but not this.

You do know that if you play it with your leather coat on around Mary, she'll be completely orgasmic. You might need to call a squad to stand by.


Spaw


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: kendall
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 02:52 PM

If she sees this, you may need to call an ambulance! :-)


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: jacqui.c
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 04:25 PM

It's OK Spaw - I'll be on hand with a fire hose to cool her down.


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: catspaw49
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 04:33 PM

Get an ice bucket too. I've read some of her banjo posts........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: I bought a banjo today
From: kendall
Date: 16 Apr 13 - 03:56 PM

I dropped that new resonator and chipped it. DAMN!


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