Our band takes great pleasure in transforming 13th century music into a rocking good time all around NE United States. I purchased my Sage Octave Mandolin in August 2010, and have been using it almost exclusively for our shows and recordings ever since. I had been in the market for something a little different for some years, but with the new project it seemed imperative that I find an instrument with good and unique sound, but also volume to compete with drums during our live performances. I discovered the Sage Octave Mandolin at Mandolin Brothers in Staten Island in the summer of 2010, and after that it was only a question of saving up; I knew it was what I had been questing after. I haven't been let down by it since!