I had the pleasure this past week of attending a tiny, all acoustic Punch Brothers show at Retrofret, the vintage shop down the street from me here in Bklyn. The P-Bros were playing for an invited group of friends and colleagues, and I was lucky enough to be a guest of the owner, Steve Uhrik (in the pic here). After the show the boys stayed to try out this and that, and even though Chris had to go, I dragged him over to the mando rack to try out this gorgeous H-4, that I had seen the day before with who-knows-how-old broken rusted strings on it. Freshly restrung, I said something that it wasn't super loud or cutting, and Thile's answer was something to the effect of, 'who cares? listen to that tone'.
A lovely thing indeed! According to the web site, it's on hold already. although I DON'T think it was Chris who bought it. Maybe an M-Cafe patron?