We love this mountain banjo. It has such a pleasing size and just the right proportions. The complete lack of metal hardware around the body keeps this instrument clean looking and light weight.
Go with steel strings if you want some punch to the tone. Or get the nylgut strings for a nice plunky old-time sound and feel. And if you really want to go old-time, go for the fretless option!
You just aren't going to find a more playable and pleasing mountain banjo for this price anywhere!