Ok, I've just spent 2 hours playing my absolutely gorgeous Hilburn A5, made a pot of tea and it went stone cold I was so wrapped up in playing I forgot all about it! Words can't describe just how happy I am with this mandolin! Everything about it is fantastic - fit and finish, playability, sound. It feels like I've been playing this mandolin for years, just so, so easy to play. The quilt back and sides are even more amazing looking than the photos imply. Anyone out there contemplating an A5 build, do yourself a favour and get on Jim Hilburn's list NOW!!
Tomorrow is my "Monday" at work so I most likely won't get a chance to record any video clips until the weekend, but I'll get some up as soon as I can.
Huge, huge thanks to Jim for building me such an awesome mandolin - the whole experience has been first class all the way, can't speak highly enough of the man.