Smithsonian Institution Collections
Vega Tu-ba-phone Banjo
- Smithsonian Museum
- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
- 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.
- Currently not on view
- Vega Company
- Date Made
- ca 1922
- Credit Line
- Gift of Adam Gallan
- 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
- Object Type