The tenor banjo is a remarkable instrument because it seems to keep evolving as different styles of music adopt it and make it their own. The tenor started with tango music over a century ago, and in recent years it's been adopted by Irish musicians. For the more recent Celtic styles an open back tenor with a large (12") head seems to be ideal, as heavier strings and lower tunings are popular. Instead of a bright, piercing metallic tone, the goal is a more chunky tone that projects well and can be felt as much as heard. This Ome is for a very playable banjo that can handle any string gauge or tuning you prefer. It's no fussy antique, although the inlay and detailing is equal to the quality you see on banjos from ninety years ago. This should be no surprise as Ome's founder, Chuck Ogsbury (who began building banjos in 1960), has made highly decorated contemporary versions of the classic "jazz age" four-string banjos for decades.