I just got my new J Bovier F5 Tradition today from Jeff at Mandolins & More, and I could not be more pleased! #Jeff took the time to ask me exactly what I wanted, and it came set up perfectly for me, right out of the box. #He sent it in a Travelite case, and I was absolutely amazed -- I opened it up and it was in perfect tune. #
I had done a lot of research, much of it on this website, and I thank you all for the help.
I was able to play a few Eastmans, and I liked them, but the neck seemed a tad bit "thick" to me. #After hearing about J Bovier, reading all those various threads, a couple email inquiries, and then talking to Jeff, I decided to go with this, and I am very glad that I did.
I know I have a long way to go acquiring the skills I'll need to play it, but I know that this mandolin will take me there. #I almost feel like I could be a marine: #"This is my mandolin. #There are many like it, but this one is mine. #My mandolin is my best friend. #It is my life. #I must master it as I must master my life. #Without me, my mandolin is useless. #Without my mandolin I am useless..."
One other viepoint (my wife's): #She would be inclined to say I'm useless WITH it. #She hates MAS... #Thank goodness (and J Bovier) that mine is cured for the time being.