Description:… David L. Day developed the Tu-ba-phone tone ring while working for the Vega Company
around 1909. The Tu-ba-phone tone ring has a square crossection with holes perforated on its inner
surface and is considered to this day, one of the finest tone rings for both tenor and 5-string frailing
banjos! This particular tenor is a No. 9 model with intricately engraved mother-of-pearl inlays and a highly
detailed neck-heel carving! These Tu-ba-phone No. 9 banjos are not only sought after as tenors, but are
highly valued as potential conversions to 5-string claw-hammer instruments!
Neck:… 1 1/8″ wide bone nut; bound ebony fingerboard; mother-of-pearl inlays are highly engraved;
carved neck heel; 23″ scale length;
Frets:… moderate to heavy wear
Pot Assembly:… original; Tu-ba-phone tone ring; original neck post with serial number and “Tu-ba-phone”
Finish:… original gloss lacquer finish; worn through to the wood in small area on back of neck
Case:… non original hardshell in 5/10 condition
Pricing:… $2175.00 Can$ (approx.$2111.US$ as of Oct 1/2010) SOLD
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