I just got my new Rigel A-plus deluxe. I fell in love with this model last year -- held it and played it once and then just couldn't forget it. I've been playing an inexpensive Montana. I really love the tone of the Rigel!
I can definitely understand what people are talking about when they mention their spouses for some strange reason are not very excited about buying new mandolins. My husband keeps reminding me that there were several much less expensive mandolins in the store that sounded equally good (and what else we could have done with the money). Oh well....