Of all the “woody” banjos I own, this Doc Huff banjo I purchased new in 2013 (#174) is the boomingest and most cut-through for an old-time jam. All the parts are original and in excellent condition, and the clay-stained, calf-skin head and 12” pot produce a mellow, warm, yet powerful sound. The fretboard is Honduran guava, and the other exotic woods used are wenge, hecuro, and the tone ring is Moabi Blanc. The 25-inch scale and the slotted, aged brass tension hoop which slopes smoothly to the unique scoop make it a pleasure to play. The $3100 price is about a thousand dollars less than a new one.