When I first started playing banjo in the 1970s, Harry Lane was a well-regarded banjo maker, whose highly ornate and limited production instruments were prized by collectors. He discontinued his banjo building after only 40 were made, and focused his energy on his other artist craft, making fine custom furniture.
As things have transpired, Harry Lane has returned to building banjos, and mandolins and fiddles as well. Photos and descriptions of the instruments can be found on his web site, along with stunning photos of his furniture and custom pool cues.
The banjos are all top tension models, and can be ordered with either a flat head or arch top tone ring.