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09/21/2015 19:48 EDT | Updated 09/21/2016 01:12 EDT

B.C. man reunited with banjo three decades later

Brad Jacks loved his hand-made banjo, so when he had to sell it in the early 1980's because he needed the money, it nearly broke his heart.

"I sold it because I needed money for other instruments, so put it on consignment [...] sold it two weeks later, to an American," explained Jacks, who was in a band back then. 

But soon after, Jacks regretted giving up the cherry wood banjo with special engravings, translucent skin and laminated pieces of maple. 

Almost three decade later, Jacks had the most remarkable reunion while jamming with a busker from Nelson, B.C.. 

"He looks me in the eye and says you should see the banjo I have," said Jacks. 

Sure enough, the busker by the name of Omaha had Jacks old instrument. 

"In disbelief I opened up the case and there it was, the banjo that had been gone for 28-years and it was back in my eyesight," said Jacks. 

The vintage instrument was handed down to the busker by his mother, who was gifted it by Buck Owens in Bakersfield, California.

Jacks' wife bought the banjo back for $1,000 with money she had left over from an inheritance, even though the instrument was appraised at $1,800. 

"I wouldn't even play it. For two weeks I kept it outside my room. I just could not believe this was the instrument. Finally I warmed up to it, here it is, I guess it will be an heirloom," he said. 

To hear the full interview listen to the audio labelled B.C. man reunited with banjo after three decades on CBC's Daybreak South.