2006 Basic DeLuxe banjo by Jaroslav Prucha who has, over the last 30 years, established a reputation for making high-quality banjos and banjo parts. This Basic DeLuxe is essentially the same as Prucha's more expensive banjo lines (such as the Bat, Fall In Love, Diamond Point, and his recent popular Spirit line) in that it is made with the same Prucha parts and craftsmanship, but it has simpler decoration and less aesthetically appealing (and, therefore, less expensive) wood.
This particular banjo is in maple with nickel plated hardware. The neck is of straight-grained maple and there is some curl to the grain on the resonator. Better pictures than mine are on Greg Boyd's archive page for this banjo, gregboyd.com/instrument_detail...nt_key=61. The banjo has a radiused ebony fingerboard with cut diamonds and squares inlay and capo spikes at 7, 8, 9, and 10. The Presto-style tailpiece shown in the archive pics has been replaced with a Prucha 2-hump clamshell tailpiece. The Ptacek tuners on the banjo became sticky. I could not find a new set of Ptacek tuners, so I installed a set of new Waverly V2 (vintage 2-band) tuners. Finally, the banjo is currently sporting a Remo head and an 11/16" radiused Nechville Enterprise bridge.
The condition of the banjo is excellent. There are a couple of small scuffs on the resonator (in the photo of the resonator, if the neck is 12:00 o'clock, the scuffs are at about 3:30), only a little wear on the frets, and some tarnish/wear on the armrest.
This banjo looks good, feels good, and sounds good. Prucha banjos are known for being responsive to changes in setup, so you can adjust the sound to suit your ear. This banjo is not a masterclone--it is one of Prucha's original design banjos (see the comments on Prucha banjos, and, in particular, the comments of BHO member Stanger in this post from January 2011: banjohangout.org/archive/197916). It would be hard to match the quality of this banjo for the price. HSC included.