I've recently sold an Ellis a5. Excellent mandolin, best I've ever played even compared to other Ellis', played perfectly and just fit me very well. I gotta say though, I don't miss it one bit. Every time I pulled it out the first thing people would say is "wow an Ellis" and proceed to ask me how much it cost, and things to that effect.
Afterwards I feel like there's sort of an expectation that I was a professional level player, whether it was real or not I don't know and