Rather than hijack another thread where our intrepid Antarctic explorer asked about my new avatar I've done the correct thing and am posting the obligatory "My new mandolin" thread. Many of you know that in the last couple years I've owned some monster mandolins. The highlights include; Ellis #100, 2 killer MM's, Giacomel J5, Wood varnish F5, Duff varnish F5, TOB, Mix A5, BigSky and several assorted Collings, Gibsons and a wonderful BRW F5. Well my mandolin crazy train finally pulled into reality station and I don't require a 10k plus instrument nor has the ride been kind to my finances.
I've been looking to sell my J5 recently and decided to consign it with Greg Boyd after striking out myself. Sending the J5 to Boyd's would leave me with only my trusty Kentucky KM172, a fine mandolin but quite a step down from my recent company. My plan was to sell the J5 and get a top flight A5 but with the consignment wrinkle I'd still be vested in the Giacomel and not in much of a position to get a new top tier instrument.
One of the mandolins that stood out on my journey was BRW #76, a great looking and sounding, blackface F5. Well, two weeks ago I noticed a few BRW's coming up in the classifieds so I hatched a plan to get one and send the Giacomel off. I got an A5 #67 that Chris Stanley got in trade. It was a very, very good deal. It came last week on my 38th birthday, purely be chance but a cool gift for sure!
This is a wonderful mandolin, loud, poppy, full sounding, great fwoomp chop and sweet up the neck. It has all the qualities I remembered from #76. As far as build goes Ben's work is outstanding, super clean, nice woods, great detail. Without hesitation I think BRW is seriously under rated and doesn't get the attention deserved here. Bottom line on the mando, an absolute steal. So here's the pics of my new love that didn't require a Federal bailout to procure.