I'd tried previously and unsuccessfully to amplify my acoustic mandolin for live work - I got a poor amplified sound and unwanted feedback, so the answer for me was a solid body instrument. This really meets the bill. It's hand made, it's intonation and action is spot on, and it stays in tune. I use this now on every gig, and it has normally remained completely in tune from it's last outting. If it got lost or stolen, I'd definately get another. I notice Andy's got some really pretty tiger-ry finish ones in his catalogue - I'd probably order one of those.