Thanks Eric. That is useful info. Ha! I did stop by Carter Vintage. I think I was building it up too much. Kind of a let down honestly. All the mandolins I wanted to try were in some back room for a photo shoot. The ones I played didn't stack up to my Gibson Fern. Oh well, saved myself 20k+
Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortunately, Friday night I was at a rehearsal dinner in Columbia. Never made it back up to the city. Hope to make it back down there again in a few months to play more shows.