The Banjolele itself is in very good condition for its age, obviously it has replacement strings and an interesting replacement bridge, (it looks like a 3 leg Grover Ebony top bridge that has been cut right down so the legs are now almost non existent) apart from that it all looks original.
When it arrived I had to tighten the vellum quite a bit, (possibly loosened for transport?) but once I had done this and re set everything I was rewarded with a very nice sounding Banjolele with a lot more sustain than some of the others I have. The bridge gives it a good low action, the intonation is good, there is no sharp fret issues and it is a pleasure to play. Its also VERY LOUD!!
The new Gretsch Clarophones certainly have something to live up to, to compete with this.