1928 Vega Tubaphone. The rim also features an ebony cap and a Tubaphone tone ring. of tenors. For Sale: Mint Ramsey Tubaphone According to Donald Zepp, this is a 2014 model Mike Ramsey Tubaphone of which he still owns the “Prototype”. Scale is approx. Comes with Mike Ramsey curly maple neck 5-string conversion neck. Like new condition. The tubaphone tone ring is one of the most sought after tone rings in banjo history for its clarity and warmth. 1928 Vega Tubaphone conversion open back banjo for sale. This Deering Banjo Company has been making Vega banjos for over 20 years and have taken a treasured banjo brand to new highs. The plectrum version was merely called "No.9" At some period every company transitions, and this is what we call a "transitional banjo", meaning it is part Style X9 and part Deluxe Backstrap. His prototype is a 2000 model and he never “Ever” had another come through the shop. For Sale: Mint Ramsey Tubaphone According to Donald Zepp, this is a 2014 model Mike Ramsey Tubaphone of which he still owns the “Prototype”. Fancy Tubaphone style inlays on peghead, fingerboard, and on the back of the peghead and heel. His prototype is a 2000 model and he never “Ever” had another come through the shop. The bound ebony fingerboard has leaf, star, and dot inlays. Other appointments include an armrest, a Deering tailpiece, and geared tuners. A nice openback banjo, this Deering Vega No. 2 Tubaphone has a maple neck and a maple rim, all in an amber finish. The Deluxe was the later design of what was previously called "Style X No.9" in the Vega line. 26 inches. 10 15/16" pot. Played by such artists as: Mark Schatz Stephen Wade Dan Levenson Neck: Curly Maple The top of the line tenor banjo for Vega in the 1920s.