I just got back home from Mandolin Bros. I live 200 miles away from there. I went up to take a old F-2 Gibson 3 Point Blackface up and leave for them to do work on. I only was there for about #2 Hrs. I played a new MM #and a new Distressed model. Both were just great. I think the MM was just a tad better. Stan Jay, the owner of the place thought the same.I also played a new Apitius Grand Classic, that was also very nice. Stan then showed me the new Collins Varnished. #The workmanship of this instrument is something. This one that I played had one great sound. My pick was the Gibson MM. However if I needed another mandolin, (which I don,t) and could not afford the MM, I would have that Collins. #That,s how I spent my day. I know it,s rought, but someone has too. By the way Stan and all the people are very nice at Mandolin Brothers.