A reader writes:
Hi Paul..... I have a Vega Banjo, (was my fathers'Uncles.) I would like to find out its honest value in order to sell. The info. from the banjo is: Style #9, The Vega Co., Boston. #59571 Tu Ba Phone. If not yourself, is there someone here in the Chicago area I could bring it to?
I did send this info w/ pic's to a place in Michigan, (Elderly Instruments) and they would like me to bring it to Lansing to check it over, & give me an evaluation.
I'd rather not drive that far if I don't have to. I appreciate any help or advice you can give me. thanks,
You have one of the more highly desirable collector's banjos. I assume it's a 4-string. How many frets?
I've seen similar instruments in playable or at least restorable condition go in the $700+ range,
Here's a fellow trying to sell his for much more than that: http://www.guitarandbanjo.com/inventory ... ne-tenor-0
Of course what people are asking versus what they get can be very different things. I have an article on how to investigate such things here: https://creekdontrise.com/acoustic/banj ... _value.htm
If that doesn't help you, send me some photos, and I'll try to help you get more specific.
Have a great day,