After talking to Big Joe I was really surprised to hear that fewer Master Models have been made in the last 5 years 2000-2005 than the 3 years of the Loar period1922-1924. I think he said less than 100 Derrington signed. We are so lucky to be in this new golden age of builders. From what I understand Charlie is no longer signing any mandolins (not that they are of any less quality), but he is the closest thing we have seen to lloyd Loar in the past 80 years at Gibson. I can only imagine what these mandolins may be worth in the future with his signature. I 'm sure we all have a loar story or two about how we could have gotten one for what we thought was out of reach at the time but proved to be an incredible investment now. Im sure glad I've got mine. Any Comments?