Just a plug for Bill Petersen's instruments here. My wife surprised me on our tenth wedding anniversary with a custom made Petersen Level 3 Bouzouki. It's been a year and a half since then, and I'm still amazed with this instrument. It sounds phenomenal, looks gorgeous, and is incredibly playable. If your considering a Bouzouki you'd be crazy not to look into Pertersens. Someday I'm going to tell him he should raise his prices, but not until I get a matching mandola first.