I am delighted to announce that Rigel Mandolins have donated a spanking new A+ Deluxe Model to Berklee College of Music's Acoustic String Program. This is an instrument I will use while teaching and performing, and will pass around so students can play it as well. We will be using it 4/28/06 when my Django/Gypsy jazz Ensemble performs (1 pm at David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston St. Boston MA, free to the public).
The instrument is great; I played it this weekend, and I really dig the radiused fingerboard, big frets, and big sound. It is finished in "metalflake black" which is much better looking than it sounds
Many thanks to Peter Mix and all at Rigel for making this happen. I hope to eventually acquire the full complement of mando family instruments ('dola, OM and 'cello) so students can try their hand at these cool doubling instruments (and so I can start a Creative Mandolin Ensemble to use them!)