After a good deal of research, I narrowed my choices down to one of Deering's tenor banjos. David, at the Banjo Studio, was quick to answer my calls and questions and happy to let me come over and try them out. (Very nice guy, very knowledgeable about the products he sells, and wonderful musician.) The winner, for me, was the Deering Eagle II 19-fret tenor. Wow! Beautiful, beautiful sound and gorgeous-looking banjo. Very well balanced with exactly "the sound" I was searching for. I can't put it down!