I haven't tried to match a date to the serial numbers, but that information -- although at best speculative and approximate -- is available elsewhere, including Mugwumps Online.For the collector/scholar, it is important just to know when changes occured. Virtually all the metal parts for nearly all the East coast banjo makers were supplied by one company -- Waverly Music Products of New York, NY, in business from before the turn of the century until the 1970s when they were acquired by Stewart-Mac Donald of Athens, OH. Lomb -- son and grandson of the founders, early in 1970 when he had put the company up for sale.Can anyone on BHO share any "bills of sale" / "customer receipts" of Vega Banjos from the 1909-1940 era? I'll update my finding and key information directly below this line, it'll represent the earliest instrument types that I've found.If anyone has updates, please post and I'll update here:_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________1880-1890: 1000/yr Earliest Banjos1890: Faibanks Electric #41late 1890: Fairbanks Electric Curtis #8261891: Imperial Electric #12121891: Columbian #17921892: Senator #19161894: Special #122131895: Regent #142951896: Metal Name Plate ~14900This dating scheme seems very logical given the Serial-Earliest Seen:hschwartz.com/Fairbanks Banjos/..htmlWhyte Laydie: (Intro 1901): (This instrument is thought to be a prototype Vegaphone from Early 1923, since B.The clawhammer banjo style of Boston banjo virtuoso Ken Perlman, for example, is highly melodic and uses the thumb extensively to play long single-note lines that use the drone string more for melody notes than for rhythmic accent.
Scale/Flanges/Tailpiece/etc..) 63909 is a fully stamped Vegaphone Launch in Q3 1923. The Soloist would be introduced in June 1925 (SN ~82000) - The Vegaphone model also incorporated a new Resonator called the "Magnatone". Vegavox (Intro/Launch July 1927 in Crescendo Magazine): corresponds to within one/two months before David L Day's departure from Vega to Bacon Banjo Co.
With Frank Cole (younger brother of William) in charge of production the firm flourished.
On December 30th 1890 they patented a banjo with a tone ring which they called their “Special Electric Model”.
The Cole brothers also left to form their own banjo making company.
The financial control of Fairbanks & Cole was acquired my Messrs Dodge & Cummings who changed the title to AC Fairbanks & Co Inc.