Very pleased with new toy which arrived today from the good people at Highly Strung. Its an entry level, but nice looking banjolele.
Its finished in a stained brown, with very nice looking aged brass effect parts. Geared open back tuners with cream knobs. Remo weatherking head, bound neck, 18 frets, and removeable simple resonator back.
I love it, and the sound is just what I was hoping for - that twangy sound that makes my uke versions of irish and folk songs sound that bit better.
It arrived with some terrible nylon strings, which I immediately swapped for aquilas. Problem I think with the slot at bridge end for the 1st (A) string - being made of metal, I think it is nicking the strings under tension - and they snapped twice, at that spot on tuning. I think I need to take a file to it, or wrap some electrical tape around that end of the string. Not a big issue.
Aquilas have made a big big difference - sound is thicker and definitely louder.
I'll post some more thoughts on this baby as time goes on - but very pleased with it. Oh, and it came with a very nice zippered padded Ozark gig bag too!