Vega made dozens of tenor banjo variations, but this one has all the right specs for what is now called an "Irish tenor." It has the big Tubaphone shell (almost 12" diameter), the short 21" string scale, and a real ebony fingerboard (not dyed hardwood). Since the original friction peg tuners had been replaced with a mismatched set of flimsy 2-to-1 pegs, we upgraded the gears to Rickard 10-to-1 tuners, about the best banjo gears available today. All the rest of the hardware appears to be original with the exception of the tailpiece. The neck is straight, the frets have only light wear, and the Vega "spin-on" resonator projects the tone and protects your thigh from the brackets. Looks like the finish on the back of the mahogany resonator was removed at some point, but whoever did a decent job of it. A great vintage Vega banjo that's fully functional and ready for many more years of service.