A priceless instrument, highly under utilized in my opinion, and, one of my favorites. Growing up with some Dixieland Jazz in my life, it was hard to get away from it thus my appreciation for it's form even when it morphs into alternative music. For example, Mumford and Sons. Search iTunes if you've never heard of them, select The Cave, warm up your tapping foot while it downloads and then turn your computer up as loud as you can take it and jump on board. I'm sure they're not everyone's cup of tea but I get the greatest musical high listening to real musicians play real instruments in a string ensemble while the banjo leads the pace and the song finds it's way. A little Dixieland, a little Folk, some Alternative Funk and a mighty, mighty banjo; melodic soup for the prego soul.