My Gibson A-3 is on my not-for-sale list, that's for sure. It was the first mandolin that I bought (got a good deal on a separated one and knew a luthier), but the "risk" was well worth it. It returned to life just fine, (needless to say) kept its value and is the only mandolin that I have with the wide nut (sometimes it's just so nice to play that thing) and the "sound". What I do not know is how much variation there is between the "trim" lines (i.e., the A-jr, A-0, A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4)? I mean, I love the look of the Amana white finish and the matching pickguard, but that is not what makes it a unique instrument when I play it. It's the sound and the wider fretboard.
(Ever tried those FT-74s on your old Gibson A? I think they are real nice on it.)
ˇpapá gordo ain’t no madre flaca!
'20 A3, '84 1N, '84 A5-1, 2012 Cohen A5, 2012 Muth A5