Wow, you must be happier than a pig in polk, thats a good looking piece. Congrats. Ready to play too if its from Robert, so get to it.
Congratulations on one great looking mandolin!! Love the wood grain on the back...highly unusual and very distinct looking. I have the same exact model (520), so I am quite confident that you will enjoy it every bit as much as I have enjoyed mine in the past week since I purchased it used.
Are you just now learning to play mandolin? Keep us posted...
That is an interesting choice or your first mandolin. You made quite a financial committment. Maybe that is smart because you have invested so much money that you "have to" devote yourself to learning to play it.
I do the opposite... I buy lower end and work my way up from that level once I am sure I am committed. It is really quite beautiful, but make sure you treat it as a player, not a museum piece.
Many of us are green with envy.
I can see where someone may do the same with musical instruments, and I suspect that is probably what happens.
This particular Mandolin will be very well cared for and probably not have a hard life, but it will be used as intended—probably not for a while though.
Now put the camera down and start driving it as intended...
Hereby & forthwith, any instrument with an odd number of strings shall be considered broken. With regard to mix levels, usually the best approach is treating the mandolin the same as a cowbell.