So, I ventured into Sam Ash one day with a very vague idea of what I wanted. I have never played an instrument, but in a not-so-rare whim of spontaneity my friends and I decided we want to start a bluegrass band. It was probably obvious to anybody in the tri-county area that I didn't belong in a music store as I meandered around picking up random instruments (probably upside-down). James, my now-favorite sales associate, came to the rescue and helped me sort things out. We discussed my situation briefly. We came the conclusion that buying an expensive, high-end banjo might not be the best move for a 33 year-old, musically illiterate individual. But alas, I also don't want to end up with a piece of junk by playing the odds on repurchasing something off of a questionable internet marketplace. If the bluegrass band takes off, THEN I can purchase a high end, pretentious banjo. This Carlo Robelli resonator banjo is a sleek and sophisticated. It is a solidly manufactured instrument that fulfills all of my banjo-playing needs. I daresay it would fulfill anybody's banjo needs. I have it proudly displayed on a guitar mount on my bedroom wall. It sounds great, it looks great, and I would recommend it to anybody looking for a banjo- whether they be a naive newcomer or a seasoned bluegrass veteran.