For his 40th Anniversary model Greg Deering reached back to his Hartford model for inspiration, and like those models this #7 of the 40 made does not have cast bronze tone ring. Along with the white oak neck and resonator, the shell is white oak as well with the top edge tapered like the top of a flat head tone ring. As a result, the whole shell is essentially a tone ring and this Deering has a remarkably full and resonant tone. The fact it weighs barely over 8 1/4 lbs is a real plus, and with nicely engraved inlays it looks as good as it sounds and feels. We've always been fond of these Deering wood-tonering banjos because when combined with a modern (mylar) head they sound a lot like earlier banjos that had metal tone rings but with a calfskin head. This is in like-new condition as it was owned by an A-list Gryphon customer who takes excellent care of everything, and it didn't get much use because he's a guitarist!