I had been lusting after a banjolele for a couple years, but never took the plunge because I wasn't sure I'd like it and didn't have the opportunity to try one out. I did determine that the Deering concert version would probably be the one that I'd most likely enjoy, but I still hesitated -- until I saw one being offered in the UU Marketplace.
Not only was the price right and the condition mint, it was also already in Europe! A little impulsively, I bought it off of G Hill. An extremely pleasant and smooth transaction. It was picked up at 9am in Spain and arrived the next day at 11am in Germany. Not bad for 1100 miles distance! (I had bought another uke a couple days prior, which I'll NUD about in a few days when it arrives, so I guess this was a surge of UAS that I thought to be dormant!)
Gary's FS offer includes pictures (that are better than the ones I could take!), so have a look here for photos.
I've had it for a few hours and I'm really impressed with it. The neck is lovely and it plays like a dream. The whole instrument oozes craftsmanship and quality. I'm glad it came with an arm rest, which adds quite a bit of comfort. Since the bottom part is heavier than most ukes, it sits well in the lap without support. Probably the most ergonomic ukulele-like instrument I have played, even though in photos it looks awkward. It's much less weird looking in person.
It took me a bit to learn how banjos (it's really a shortscale banjo with nylon strings) produce sound and how to get the intonation right as the movable bridge had been flattened for the transport. It's very different from regular ukes, so there was some learning of new things involved. The sound is great, much fuller than I expected (and fuller than it sounds in videos), with a surprising amount of sustain. It's loud and punchy, but still maintains a rounded tone.
I'm really happy with this. It's different enough to enrich my ukulele collection with something new and fresh, and familiar enough to make it immediately accessible. I'll have a lot of fun with this Deering banjolele.