This Ode 12" openback tenor banjo is made by the Ome Banjo Company in Boulder, Colorado, and sounds and plays great! This banjo is set up for Irish playing and is tuned G, D, A, E. It is extremely lightweight which makes it a joy to play. The light weight does not compromise tone though. It does not have a tone ring but it is bright and clear as though it does. The thin rim combination works magically! The large 12" rim brings out a rich bass. Also featured on this tenor banjo is a beautiful ebony fingerboard.