I’ve had some time to play the banjola, and I must say that I’m very happy. 1) It’s a beautiful instrument- I love the fact that it’s clearly handmade, yet is built impeccably well. 2) Tone- I love the tone- very bell like, and that lower bass string gives some added low end. I enjoy playing it both with and without picks. 3) I find myself playing stuff I’ve never tried before- the combination of the lower bass string with the high g string allows me to play very guitar- like passages on the 5 long strings, and then throw in a banjoesque lick using the high g. Blues, folk, old timey, bluegrassy and celtic sounds seem to all work well.-- John Anderson, Congers N.Y.