Hello @Severin! My son has a Deering Sierra maple. Has had it about 3 years now and loves it. Over the years he has gone thru a Savannah beginner banjo, & a Gretsch Broadkaster Special. He then went to a Recording King R35 Madison maple (which he still has as a backup), then the Deering Sierra. He says he likes the playability and tone of the Deering the best and it is his main banjo (jams & performances, indoor and out, microphones or acoustic). He has gotten many compliments on its tone. It also stays in tune remarkably well. Folks that have swapped banjos for a song or two with him to “try” it didnt wanna give it back !! It is a pretty loud banjo, even in a large acoustic jam setting, you can clearly hear him. Also, for what it’s worth - he has tried different strings over the years but he keeps going back to the Deering medium strings. Wishing you the best in your quest for a new banjo!!!