Thanks Guys. And sorry Jerry, in my excitement yesterday I just jumped on the first thread I could find. My wife obviously did not kill me, but I got a pretty good eye roll out of her.
I’m definitely not worthy of an instrument like this right now, and that’s not false modesty. I’ve only been playing about a year now. But I am in those ‘peak earning years’, and often wake up in the middle of the night in fear of my job. So I struck while I had the means.
I had the new one and my old one (The Loar VS 220) out together when I got home. The Collings was clearly louder, but I was a little unsure about the tone at first. I kept switching between the two for a bit before I finally started ‘getting it’. I think it took a bit because of my own limited skills at the moment. The right hand seems much more important on the mandolin than my usual instrument, the guitar. There’s alot more of that headroom, I just need to use it. And the overall responsiveness us great. And I’m getting the tone now too, it really started to shine doing some of those McReynolds cross picked rolls. There isn’t an instrument on the planet than can fix my chop as it currently exists.
I’m in love. It’s actually a used 2004 model, but in excellent condition. The handle on the case is even padded. I tried passing that off as a selling point, but that just got another eye roll out of the missus. It was worth a shot.