Over the years I’ve seen many banjos that were supposedly OWNED by Eddie Peabody. Most were actually not. A few were VegaVox models that Eddie ordered for friends from the Vega factory. The few that actually WERE owned and played by Eddie are well substantiated. This VegaVox IV is one of them. It is in near mint shape highly customized for Eddie with 24 carat gold plating a 1920s Tubaphone tone-ring exquisite custom flange and hoop engraving (including Eddie’s initials “EP” in 1/2 inch script on the tension hoop on either side of the heel) Larry Kellens internal bell-brass parts and rhinestones. When I (Buddy Wachter) was age 15 the Vega Co. arranged for my parents and me to meet Eddie Peabody for the first time in 1969 at the Cleveland Yachting Club. As a wonderful coincidence it happens that we at the CYC not only for Eddie’s performance but also for his presentation of this banjo during the show to his life long friend George Webber who was then VP of the Starrett Tool Company. Eddie had performed on this banjo all year before he gave it to George. After falling in love with this wonderful instrument back then it has miraculously found it’s way back to me from the family 42 years later — complete with the bank check from Webber endorsed by Eddie Peabody in the case pocket! Please see my additional listing here in the VAULT that compares Eddie’s Vox to a standard VegaVox IV.