This banjo is in great shape. Maple neck that looks, feels and notes great. The engineered rim and HR-30 tone ring were developed from Steve and Jim Rae\'s extensive scientific research on original pre-war flathead banjos. The sound results are more than I hoped for. The craftsmanship is top shelf all the way. The only \"improvement\" I made to this fine instrument was to add one of my private stock custom bridges (original Huber bridge included in sale). This banjo is ready for the jam, the studio or the concert stage. It is not ready to sit in its case in the spare room at my house. It comes with a quality hard case. This banjo is better than new because it is virtually in new condition and priced $1000 less than new. Thanks for looking. Text/call us through (408)753-5175 for any questions. No trades.