I finally pulled the trigger on this banjo! I had an old silvertone banjo years ago that I enjoyed, but it was really difficult to set up/maintain. And I struggled keeping it (and playing it) in tune. Last year, I got married and we moved to this beautiful little subdivision overlooking the east Texas woods. A 15-mile vista! My wife went to college in Nashville and the place reminded her of Tennessee. She said, "You could sit out here with your guitar and write songs!" But the place reminded me of my short time living in Arkansas. So I said, "Heck, no. I'm buying overalls, a banjo and building a still!" Stills are illegal here, but banjos aren't (yet)! As for the builder - I heard about Zach through this forum and my research took me to Craig Evans' old time conversations interview. Zach has a great reputation as a quality builder. And I really like his simple, elegant aesthetic. I also find that I typically prefer mahogany instruments. And rosewood fingerboards. And I really like the look of the brass hardware and fretboard markers. And a tru-oil finish, to boot! All of my favorite appointments. I hope to see it arrive either this week or next and will post a review when possible. Thank you to @ToddinTX and @trapdoor2 and everyone else who shared valuable advice in my earlier thread.