Once Huber was convinced that he was consistently turning out a pre war replica tone ring, his attentions turned to building banjos. In much the same manner as he had researched tone rings, he studied every aspect of these vintage flathead banjos to find out how either the component makeup, or the manner of assembly differed from current standards.
After making a few prototypes, and seeing them warmly received, he made the leap of faith, quit his job, and opened a shop to build the banjos and tone rings. His first Huber Banjos were introduced in 2000, and eager customers – and top professional players – were soon queued up to get one. Sammy Shelor of Lonesome River Band was an early endorser, followed soon by Jim Mills (Ricky Skaggs), Cia Cherryholmes (Cherryholmes), Greg Cahill (Special Consensus), Ron Block (Alison Krauss and Union Station), Barry Abernathy (Mountain Heart) and Jason Burleson (Blue Highway). Shelor and Block have their own signature Huber models.
The immediate popularity of these banjos soon introduced a frustrating dilemma. Orders were coming in faster and faster, and delivery times were being pushed further and further back. Before long, delivery times were stretching to 8-10 months and Steve knew that something had to be done.
Through this whole period, Huber had continued to work as a professional banjo player, touring on weekends with The Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, and running his shop during the week. With the birth of his daughter, Katie, in June of ‘05, Steve realized that despite the enjoyment and personal satisfaction he derived from performing, the needs of his growing family and banjo business required his full attention.
Today, 16 years and over 1600 banjos later, the Huber banjo is considered by many as the cream of the crop.