A great California-made bluegrass banjo in excellent condition, and for a very reasonable price. This has been played quite a bit in its 19-year life so it has some minor fret wear but still plays great. Except for the small chip in back of the headstock (near the top) it just has normal signs of careful use. The Boston is crafted with a one-piece steel shell functions like a great big tone ring and the resonator projects that tone forward like a speaker, but if you wanted the more plunky open-back banjo tone the resonator flange sections could be removed and the resonator left off (this would be reversible and wouldn't require taking the whole banjo apart, btw). Great for playing outdoors. Comes with its original hardshell case.