Learn to get that head tension JUST right…not too tight, and not too loose.
Did you ever find out if there is a tuner that will tune the head?
It’s tough, but check this out: https://store.banjobenclark.com/blogs/banjo-bens-blog/banjo-drum-dial
One of the hardest things in the world to describe with words is a particular sound. I spent my adult life working in radio & the “right sound” was very important. I love that Steve said “Some people will never hear it.” But for a beginner banjo player it seems mostly all banjos sound the same. It takes a while before you start realizing something sounds “just a little bit not right.”
How much of the “right sound” is a matter of personal preference, and how can I tell when my personal preference is too far out of step with reality?