I like the sound, I've always loved the sound of the Gibson two-piece flange maple archtop banjo a lot (Dock Boggs' 5-string 1928 RB-3). It sounds great as a tenor too, though most tenor banjoists seem to prefer, e.g., B&D or Vega over Gibson, as we all know…
Wow! A great tune masterfully played! Thanks for sharing. So, when are you going to host a tenor workshop for us noetheast US players? I’m sure you could get a few of us to attend and then to pay enough to keep you in beer for a week or so.
I don't know why they aren't very popular in the tenor Jazz world. It's curious.
I've heard far too many Gibsons that were set up badly and played at ridiculously high volumes. That kind of thing may have discouraged others from using Gibson tenors. They are also a bit more expensive than the Vegas and B&D's due to their popularity for conversion to 5 strings (thanks, Mr. Scruggs!).
I am finding more and more Gibsons lately that have been nicely set up and sensitively played, like David's banjo. Hopefully that will steer more people to discover the merits of these banjos as tenors.