I need a little advice. I am trying to decide between two mandolins both built in 2003. I have heard a Lebeda once before, I don't remember what model it was and the only thing I really remember is that the my very accomplished mandolin teacher was playing it during our lesson and he was coveting it highly from the music store from which I was taking the lesson (they also carried most of the low to medium level Webers and a couple of Summit mandos - and he said that the Lebeda blew those ones away).
I have played one Gibson F9 before and thought it was about the best sounding mando I had ever heard. Now my exposure is a bit limited, so that comment doesn't hold too much water. They are priced within $100 of each other.
The problem is that they are both located 8 and 5 hours away from me, respectively - so I can't play them to directly compare them. It goes against my style to purchase something, anything without touching it- especially when we are talking about a price range of 2... large, as they say.
All comments appreciated.