This banjo has a very small ding on the resonator and a couple small finish nicks on the headstock. It has been marked down from $5,595 to $5,295. It still considered a brand new instrument and includes the lifetime Huber warranty.
From the Huber VRB-4 product info page:
Our VRB-4 is a careful likeness of the pre-war style 4 banjos featuring a blend of walnut and chrome that is very pleasing to the eye. It features our 1930’s style Huber HR-30 Tone Ring and Huber Engineered Rim.
The neck is made from the highest quality straight grain walnut, which is also used for the resonator side walls. The walnut neck imparts a sweet tone with a clarity between the notes like no other model.
The resonator back features gorgeous figured walnut, inlaid with twin concentric rings of stained wood marquetry. Antiqued white/black/white binding finishes both the rosewood fingerboard and resonator side walls. The fingerboard and headstock are inlaid with the Flying Eagle pattern synonymous with style 4 banjos from the pre-war era, though the Hearts & Flowers pattern can be used at no additional charge.
In keeping with the originals from the 1930’s, all the metal parts on our VRB-4 are chrome plated. Grained ivoroid tuner buttons complete the vintage look on this model.
Huber HR-30 Tone Ring
Our HR-30 Tone Ring represents the pinnacle in prewar reproduction, measured in both tone and responsiveness. It was created after a year of analysis into the vibratory physics of more than a dozen pre war flathead rings, and further research into casting methods that could consistently reproduce a ring that closely matched our prewar standard.
Huber Engineered Rim
The Huber Engineered Rim is the ultimate in tone and response, developed over a year of extensive scientific measurement and careful prototyping.
Dr. Jim Rae is the brains behind the Engineered Rim. Dr. Rae analyzed the vibrational physics and sonic output of prewar rims and used these numbers as the benchmark. Brian Sims worked with Dr. Rae in the prototyping and manufacturing of the Engineered Rim.
Straight Grain Walnut Neck
The VRB-4 is made with a straight grain walnut neck. Banjo players who favor the older instruments always rave about the sound, but also include the feel of the necks and their ease of playability in describing their preference for the pre wars.
With this in mind, Steve carefully digitized the neck of his favorite old banjo, capturing every curve and nuance. The Huber necks are produced using computer aided machining technology, ensuring that each neck is crafted to the exact pre war specifications – every time!
Figured Walnut Resonator
The back of the VRB-4 resonator has an overlay of figured walnut, while the side walls and neck feature straight grain walnut.
Resonators are built by Steve’s dad, Jack Huber, in Lancaster PA.
Wavery V-2 Tuners
All of the Huber Banjos come with Waverly V-2 tuners installed. The V-2s work very well and closely approximate the look of those found on vintage banjos. The tapered underside of the peghead washer helps protect the headstock and the internal low-friction bushings help ensure smooth operation.
The tuners are fitted with authentic recreations of 1930’s “Amber Tulip” buttons and help create the proper vintage feel.
Maple Bridge with Ebony Top
The Huber bridge is made of carefully selected maple and ebony and is designed for tone, volume and clarity. String slots are cut with a custom-built slotting machine that produces the exact depth, spacing and angle every time.
The Huber bridge is also available as a separate accessory item order.
Through a special arrangement with Remo, Huber installs a head on each new banjo that is manufactured to his custom specifications. Steve finds that they offer a superior tone to that of the stock Mylar heads offered for banjo.
These Huber heads can also be ordered as a separate, after-market accessory item.
Two-Way Adjustable Truss Rod
We use a two way adjustable truss rod in our necks. The two way rod allows for adjustments in both directions – you can add relief or reduce bow as needed.
The rod is accessible under the truss rod cover in the headstock, just behind the nut.
The pot-metal flange we use in all Huber Banjos is custom machined in a process which allows for more solid contact between the flange and rim, resulting in better structural stability and tonal response.
On all our models, we use a brass notched tension hoop, plated to match the other metal parts.
We use plated steel rods to hold the neck onto the rim instead of the softer brass found in many new banjos. We chose steel rods since the older flatheads used them and, proving that no detail is too small, even the nuts and washers are exact pre war replicas!
The prewar style 4 banjos used chrome plated metal parts, so our VRB-4 replica does as well. Chrome has a distinctive, slightly bluish hue and is more durable and resistant to tarnish than nickel.
In keeping with the concept of a careful reproduction, the VRB-4 uses a clamshell tailpiece, just as was found on the prewar banjos on which this model is based.
Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish
Our VRB-4 models are stained in a natural walnut to enhance the color and grain of the wood.
All Huber banjos are finished with multiple layers of nitrocellulose lacquer, hand sanded between coats for a smooth appearance. They are then buffed to a high gloss with careful attention to detail at every step in the finishing process.
The VRB-4 features “Flying Eagle” inlay. Other vintage inlay such as the “Hearts & Flowers” pattern are available upon request.
Antique Color Binding
The VRB-4 has white/black/white antiqued binding which involves the use of a coloring agent applied in the finish to give the binding along the sides of the neck, resonator and resonator rings an aged appearance.
The nameplate inlay at the 21st fret bears the name Truetone executed in individual mother of pearl letters, representing that this model was made with our HR-30 ring and Engineered Rim.
Lined Hardshell Case
Each Huber banjo is shipped in its own plush lined hard shell case. The top lid is arched for superior protection.
Lifetime Limited Warranty
Every Huber Banjo is warranted to the original owner without time limit, often described as a “Limited Lifetime Warranty.”
Any defect in material or workmanship, except heads, strings and pegs will be repaired or replaced free of charge to the original owner, if returned to our factory, charges prepaid.