Bobouz, I really enjoyed you commentary on the mandolin. My experience ends with my one encounter with the L.L. Signed F5 I mentioned. Thanks for filling in more detail.
BTW, the F5 I played was gifted to the owner some years ago by a late uncle. She toted it around in her car for weeks before it appeared at my house one night after she loaned it to a friend of mine. He was going to “work on it” for her. I explained what she had there and pleaded with him to not touch it. He listened and returned it to her. She took it to Elderly for an appraisal. They sold it for 135K.
sorry to hijack the thread, but this was a unique experience.