Well, let me count the ways...
Some of you might remember the story of how I acquired my Vega CB back in February. Long, somewhat sad that is all behind me now. I had the necessary repairs/restoration done by an excellent luthier and I've had time to lick my wounds, try different strings, fine tune the setup, and generally get intimate with this instrument. I've not posted my reactions so far because I didn't want to give my first impressions, which always seem to change about a 'new' instrument. (This one is not new, but it's new to me.)
For me, the true test for me is how often I choose this mandolin over my others (all fine, btw). For the past 2 months, or so, my Collings MF, my '20 Gibson A, and the Mid-Mo in my custody have all been gathering dust. I am SO in love with the sweet sound of this old Vega CB, I half consider selling all the rest of my mandolins. I actually might sell the Collings; I simply am not a bluegrass guy, I guess. I have the "scroll thing" out of my system.
If anything, I would consider another mandolin that has more of whatever this Vega gives me every time I play it: SWEETNESS, depth, sustain, warmth.
I'm sure such instruments exist somewhere, and if I find one, I am likely to scoop it up. But, in the meantime, I am enjoying a serious love affair with my old Vega unlike anything I've experienced with any of the dozen, or so, mandolins I've had the chance to get familiar with.
If I were famous, this would be an endorsement that would surely drive the price of Vegas skyward. Since I am essentially a nobody, this should just be a tip to people looking for a very special instrument at a very decent price. Check out a Vega cylinder back, if you get a chance.
Be sure to read THIS first.