I am a huge unabashed fan of Acoustic Outfitters and of what Gary and Allison have established there. That being said, my partner, who is much better at mandolin that i am, tried this same Rockbridge becuase it was the same type of mandolin that David (her one time teacher) played and loved it. I sure liked it as well. Not enough to replace the Rigels here at home ... but a very nice mandolin.
"I'm convinced that playing well is not so much a technique as it is a decision. It's a commitment to do the work, strive for concentration, get strategic about advancing by steps, and push patiently forward toward the goal." Dan Crary