Then there is the physical beauty in the construction of the instrument itself. As a lover of all things strings, especially old instruments, I have become enthralled with the banjo and its evolution over the past 2 centuries. From the original gourd with animal skin, to Vega and Paramount revolutionizing banjo hardware and tonerings, to the Gibson Mastertone that became the standard for bluegrass banjo design, to Tom Nechville's complete rethinking of hardware and assembly. I get just as big a kick out of seeing a cool banjo from the 19th century as I do from seeing a nice brand new one! Give me some sweet old-timey clawhammer, some burnin' hot bluegrass picking, or a banjo reading of a Bach piece and I'll eat it all up!
And you know what? I'm not the only one.