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Where Purchased: Weber Mandolins (Sound To Earth)
I purchased the Gallatin F octave mandolin primarily for performing traditional Irish music. While F-style octave mandolins are not typically the first choice for an Irish musician, I decided to have this particular model built for me based on conversation with one of the employees at Weber Mandolins.
The instrument is so versatile and I enjoy playing it so much that I have found reason to make use of it in a variety of other musical settings.
The mandolin has a sweet tone with nice sustain. It has a nice punchy quality to it when I dig in, and it can produce the volume I need when playing acoustically and when mic'd on stage (I don't use pickups.)
Sound Rating: 10
The mandolin played great right out of the case. In the end I did decide to raise the action just a touch due to the fact that I like to play fairly hard at times. With the traditional Brekke bridge and the included bridge tool making the adjustment was a snap.
Setup Rating: 10
After witnessing first hand the meticulous craftsmanship of Weber Mandolins (while touring the shop) I have to say that every mandolin I saw was a work of art. The Gallatin F mandolin is no exception, though it doesn't feature the labor intensive appointments of the more expensive Weber offerings. There is a simple elegant beauty to the Gallatin model. My particular mandolin was constructed with mahogany back, sides, and neck, spruce top, ebony fingerboard and peghead veneer. The finish on the top is what they call "faded leather." It is a gorgeous rich and dark finish. The peghead contains a simple MOP inlay of the Weber logo.
Appearance Rating: 10
I imagine that I will get a lifetime of enjoyment from this well built instrument.
Reliability Rating: 10
Weber stands behind their products. While I don't anticipate having any problems with my instrument, I am fully confident that they would be an easy and honest company to work with regarding any sort of warranty issue.
Customer Service: 10
Components Rating: 10
I had the pleasure of touring the Weber Mandolin factory in Montana while in the area on tour. I was fortunate enough to be given the tour by none other than Bruce Weber himself. As I toured the shop I was impressed by Bruce's passion for the craft, and by the dedication and skill of his employees. I was able to see first hand a wide variety of their instruments in various stages of completion. In my opinion, every instrument was a meticulously and lovingly crafted work of art.
Overall Rating: 10
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