As I'm in my search for the next mandolin and comparing Gibsons and Webers and other QUALITY mandolins (I'm not referring to lower end instruments) it seems that the major comment people make about non-Gibson mandolins is that they sound different from Gibsons. Not worse- just different. The implication I gather is that the holy grail of mandolin tone is the Gibson tone and that most mandolin players want that sound if they can get it (there are exceptions, of course). I know there are a many reasons why different mandolins have unique sounds (construction, materials, etc), but why don't builders who have the capability of reproducing that Gibson sound do it? I mean, at Gibson, many different people have built mandolins over the past 90 years, producing that "Gibson sound" up until today. So, its not as if the sound comes from the hands or workmanship of one particular person- it can be reproduced by lots of different people. And many fine builders today actually BUILT mandolins at Gibson, so they know exactly how to do it (Bruce Weber, for example). The dimensions, specs, etc. of the Gibson F5 are well studied. Do other builders do it on purpose to get a different sound or unique sound? To experiment? I'm just curious why it seems to be so hard to find that Gibson sound in a non-Gibson mandolin. If the Gibson sound is the one that most people want, why not give them that sound if you can? Just curious what you all think.