I just wanted to say HI to everybody.My name is Kerry ...and I am a mandoholic.I admit it now.. I've been playing mando for 18(?) years.I've got a bunch of them,and BOY they are fun.My main acoustic is a Monteleone Grand Artist.I got it from John in 89,(ordering it 2 years before)after finally being able to pay for it. It Rocks! And to prove this point, I played it in a nationally touring rock band for 5 years. (BRAGGERT) #I was the mandolin player in the band(just so you don't think mando as a #sideline). I also played #a couple of solid body mandolins.My main E mando was a 4 string Flying 'V' that was my 1st building project( My 1st fight with insomnia )My other was a rebuilt 2 point El'Degas into which I #form fit a 4 pound peice of rock maple, and put in #a blade humbucking and a Precision pickup in the neck position.That one is kind of cool 'cause I cut the sides off, glued in dowels,and found some orphaned plastic farm animals to epoxy inside.(it's my Ben Mink mandolin) #(I have pics) I work in Montreal at a university as a lab tech but for the most part,I've made my living from music for 15 years.I collect string intrustments and have.... not enough. But I have a small instrument repair shop up here.I'm my own best customer.. ..I've got 3 solid body mandos 1/2 finished and look forward to showing them here when done.Is this to much talking? # Kerry # PS I've been to Gavin Bs shop a few times in Winnipeg .He's as nice as they say..