I went to elderly today to play the July 9 Loar. This was the first loar i have ever played, and I loved it. I had them bring out The new Master Model so I could compare. I thought that cosmeticly The MM was a very acurate copy of the old Loar . When I played the MM I was impressed with the volume and the tone was amazing, but it still was not nearly as deep or dark as the Loar. I am sure this will come with age. I was wondering if anyone could tell me how they think the New Gibson Fern stands up to a late 20's fern cosmeticly and acousticly. I own a 2003 Fern but I have never played an original.