I bought this banjo from Chris in 1975 or 76. He was playing the banjo with the Carroll County Ramblers at the time and I was possessed by it's sound and appearance. The resonator is Walnut, from a 1930 Gibson Style 2, FON 9546-2, and is in very good condition. The neck was made by Chris with Florentine Special inlays, ebony fingerboard, not sure if it is mahogany or walnut, frets replaced by Mike Munford and show little wear, back of neck shows places where finish has worn off by thumb from extended playing. Pre-war Pat Presto tail piece showing no brassing and is drilled or punched for 5th string. The tone ring is is a no-hole, unmarked flathead, Chris's guess is that it is Sullivan as that is what he primarily used at the time. There are no Stew-Mac or 5 Star markings on it. Best guess by Chris is that armrest (note brassing), hooks and nuts, one coordinator rod (there are now two), came from a 50's or 60s Gibson. The rim appears refinished or finished as new when assembled and "sports" FON stamps that do not conform with 1930 Gibson stamps. The "PAT APPLD FOR" stamp is upside down on the rim and does not appear original Gibson from 1930s. (Style 2 banjos did not typically carry that stamp), the "Mastertone" label is a reproduction. Flange and tension hoop do not appear original Gibson from the 50s/60s. Remo "Wagon Wheel" head, Richie Dotson bridge, Waverly 2-band pegs, unknown geared 5th. Virtually new, perfect condition, Cedar Creek case. Very strong sound, big 4th string.