The boys are using this tour to get their chops down for a recording next week. Seems to me they've got it. Mike played the new F-4 about a third of the time, different from the 5, a little brighter, just as loud. Mike said he still isn't sure what he's going to use it for, but he likes it. Said he played it in a bluegrass setting last week and i t held up just fine. I took a bunch of pictures and all the F-5 pictures came out great, the F-4 pictures were all out of focus, or bad exposures. Hearing the two Gilchrest's together was a real treat, or course either of these guys could make a two by four sound good. After the show Mike hands me his F-5 and says, "here Clyde, piick me a tune" My brain immediately turned to mush and I felt like I was wearing mittens. I hate it when that happens. the fog finally cleared enough that I could play a couple of tunes with Mike on both mandolins. The F-4 really seemed to want to play Celtic tunes in my hands. Both great mandolins, wish I had the problem of deciding which to play for what.