A couple of years ago I bought a tenor version of a 5 string I own. I basically bought it for parts if needed. During some hours of didling around I decided to put new strings on it and tune it to the bottom 4 strings of open C on 5 string (c.g.c.e). I've always loved the way Spanish Fandango sounded in open C. So I'm learning to play this kinda 2 finger style on tenor.
I'm not sure why but the banjo is a B&D Special #1 and I have to say that the tenor has a completely different sound than the 5 string. Same pot. Different bridge. Not sure of the head but I think they are both original. The 5 string has a walnut neck and I think the tenor does also but even if it doesn't I didn't think the neck made that big of a difference. Could it be the strings ? Maybe string tension ? Maybe all of the above ? I have to say I'm liking the sound of the tenor better than the 5 string. I'm tempted to put tenor strings on the 5 string.