So I am gearing up for a purchase of a new mando. I have my grandfather's 1918 Gibson A oval hole which is great. A work horse. Been playing it at the local Pub for open mike. But I don't want to modify it for electronics. The K and K transducer I have on there with a carpenter jack in inadequate and stresses out the body I think.
I have narrowed down my choices given price range and options to a Breedlove Quartz with pickup, a Rigel A+ Deluxe and perhaps a Boulder A with pickup. I am most unfamiliar with Boulder. All of these can be had for $1100 used or new up to $1800 new for the Rigel. A used rigel A+ just sold on eBay for under $1000! I am partial to Rigel because a) I have played them and the sound is absolutely stunning. Like a bell and sustain to die for. I know little about Breedlove and even less about Boulder.... and b) they are made in Vermont!! (homestate!)
Any opinions would be deeply appreciated as this will be a significant pruchase for me. I refuse to buy asian imports for socio-political reasons as well as he fact they all sound like a swarm of sickly honeybees. Thank you!