I'll admit the banjo does not have a sound as pretty as many instruments, I've always liked it. Had a few, years ago.

Here's a couple of guys who very good banjo players. Note how well they can improvise.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iqm-caYCy5U

Bech
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