Bart Reiter retired from making banjos at the end of 2020 and boy, do we miss him. His exemplary fit and finish set the standard for the current wave of banjo builders. This Standard was his least expensive model he made but it is far from cheap and ordinary. Instead it's like a nice piece of Shaker furniture, a plain design finely tuned over time, one that does its job well and doesn't pretend to be an art piece that appeals to the eyes rather than the ears. It’s in overall excellent shape with normal playing wear. It has a simple brass tone ring, sometimes called a "hoop" to distinguish it from a heavy bluegrass style tone ring. The tone is loud and crisp, making it a good choice for old-time string bands. Includes a hardshell case.