New Electric Mandolin Day! First off, shipping was expensive. People were talking about Thomann recently changing this, but I had planned to buy one of these before the change and I knew what I was getting into. I have heard many great things about Thomann and Harley Benton and the price was right. But the shipping was lightning fast. It's obvious I paid for UPS' best express service and they delivered. The mandolin left Germany on the 10th (at 11pm local time) and was sitting at my apartment at 4pm on the 12th half a world away in Canada. Without further ado, a photo! I will hopefully follow up with further photos but I won't have time tonight to even properly play it to review it so I will spend a couple days and update this thread with more photos as I get it set up and playing. There are no obvious flaws in the finish, the binding looks good and there aren't any sharp frets yet. The back of the neck reminds me of a lower end Squier, it has a very light finish with a fairly smooth feel. It might be able to take some tru-oil since it almost fooled me that it was bare wood, but I won't be trying that anytime soon. Some reviews I've seen of similar instruments recommend getting Lace Sensors for these because the design helps with issues with string-to-string volume so that may come later assuming that I actually end up gigging with this thing at a later date. And if it is a problem with the stock pickups. Still, I am glad so far that I chose to buy a Harley Benton and not a knockoff from Ali or DH.