As a happy customer who only recently (at the beginning of this year) received my new Mix carbon fibre A4, I'm delighted to see Peter Mix advertising a new A5 in the classifieds.
My A4 has turned out to be everything I hoped for. Great ringing tone across all courses, tons of volume and a beautiful radiused fretboard that makes playing it even more of a pleasure.
One of the reasons I opted for a carbon fibre mandolin is that I live where temperatures routinely hit 40 degrees C, and where humidity is frequently north of 90%. Unlike wooden instruments, the Mix is totally unaffected by weather, and I am surprised that there is not more made of this in the American market, where it can be vital to use humidifiers at home to protect instruments from the dangers of central heating, and when out of home, there is the worry about extreme cold or heat when transporting instruments in cars. The Mix is near bullet-proof and impervious to heat, cold or humidity.
None of which would be of any value if the mandolin itself was only moderately good, but when added to the fact that it stands up to some of the best wooden instruments in its price range on the market, its appeal gets serious.
When they were first introduced a few years ago, Peter's creations received great reviews from people who really know what they are talking about. I suspect that sales since then might have been of the 'slow burner' ilk, but speaking as an owner, I would not be surprised in the least if that were to change.
Are some people put off by the 'unknown quantities' of carbon fibre? I took a chance on it - and I am very very glad I did.