Yup, I agree with everything here too. My steel National (NRP) is still very heavy though. Republic is by far the best reso for the buck that I have found too. My understanding is that a few reso companies take the imports and improve them, which pays in spades for the addditional cost. @Mike Eskimo brings up some important points. The clanging and reverb takes some new palm and fretting finger muting skills especially considering the cover over the biscuit bridge that is in your way compared to acoustic playing. At first it feels kinda foreign, but it did not take long for me to learn how to tame it. The tricone has sustain that will blow your mind. A consideration and worth trying before a decision is made. It is odd how the twelve fret OOO grabbed me so much, that I had to get a twelve fret reso for the same reason. There is a sound that grabs with the twelve frets for some reason.