Question about a Vega Little Wonder Banjo

Question about a Vega Little Wonder Banjo

Hello Everyone,
While cleaning out my Mother-In-Laws "junk" room I came across a Vega Little Wonder Banjo. It seems to be in okay condition but needs some help. I was wondering how I could date this banjo? The serial number is 34576 and on the front it has a stamp that reads Joe (something) Rogers Jr. (something, something ) warrented. I have been searching for about 3 days now and would love some help. Thank you in advance.

Re: Question about a Vega Little Wonder Banjo

Wow, that’s great! Thank you very much for your quick reply. Now I don’t play the banjo but I was thinking of restoring it. It looks like it’s missing some parts. Can you tell me where I might look for parts? Or how to clean it properly?

Re: Question about a Vega Little Wonder Banjo

I have a Vega Little Wonder which I think dates between 1928 and 1933. I’ll get my dad to research and see if I can come up with any results for yours.

Re: Question about a Vega Little Wonder Banjo

Which parts are missing, phyllisdirect? And what needs cleaning? Are the metal bits rusting?

I use Parker & Bailey furniture creme for cleaning up instruments. It does a nice job of cleaning both finished wood, and metal parts. But if the metal is rusted, you’re probably better off replacing it (or living with it… it shouldn’t hurt the sound of the banjo, unless the frets are rusted). I use lemon oil on the fret boards.

Some places that carry replacement parts:
http://stewmac.com
http://janetdavismusic.com/
http://fqms.com
http://elderly.com/

Pete

Re: Question about a Vega Little Wonder Banjo

You Guys are fantastic. I know zero about banjos but now I am learning. I just pulled up a diagram of a banjo so I can understand the parts. The tension hoop has tiny rust spots on it and the bracket hooks are rusted. Some of them look okay but I would imagine if you changed some out you should just change them all. It needs new strings but everything else is fine. It also has the case but it’s in terrible shape! Do you think it’s worh changing out these parts if my intention is to sell the banjo?

Re: Question about a Vega Little Wonder Banjo

If the banjo is in good shape otherwise, it might be worth putting new hardware to make it look good. (Especially if there are any missing hooks or anything. Although the hooks and nuts will cost around $1 for a pair, and the hoop would cost about $40. (If the hoop is only slightly rusted, you could probably leave it). The banjo is worth somewhere around $300-$400 (US). So you would have to weigh the cost against the value of the banjo.

The Little Wonder used the rounded hooks, and you can buy sets with nuts for about $25 here http://www.fqms.com/Round_Hooks_Nuts_-_Set_of_24_P10218C1822.cfm. You might want to get a bracket wrench for the nuts as well. That set has 1/4" nuts. http://www.fqms.com/1_4_T-Wrench_P10255C1825.cfm

Good luck with it!

Pete

Re: Question about a Vega Little Wonder Banjo

Pete, Thank you for all your help. I’m starting to really get into this banjo. Maybe I’ll learn how to play! Phyllis