Not what I expected
I mulled over the idea of buying one of these for a few weeks and finally the excitement got the best of me and I pushed the "buy" button. The instrument arrived well-packed and in expected condition. Outside of a small flaw in the finish on the side, it was very pretty. Also, very light. As I played it for the first time, I was very underwhelmed by the volume and over-all tone. I figured it was just me and later that evening took it to church to test it out there with fellow band-mates as well as to play it through a sound system/amp. Again, my general thought was "underwhelming". The volume was rather low and the tone was very similar to a cheap guitar with a resonator placed on it, but to be very honest, I've never played a resonator before. But, before snickering, understand that I've played guitar for well over 20 years and I've listened to quite a bit of dobro playing as well as dobro solos. Yes, I realize that many instances of dobro playing is with a slide and not picked like I was doing, but the reason I bought the dobro was specifically inspired by a player that plays only round-neck dobro with a pick and this one sounded nothing like his instrument.
What did I expect? I more loud, projected, almost banjo-like tone, which I've clearly heard made by other round-neck dobros. This particular instrument failed to do that. Outside of the sound not being satisfying to what I was looking for, it played very well.
Keep in mind, it could just be that the particular instrument I received was a "dud" or had something wrong with the resonator (and in fact, it had a strange rattle from time to time). Or, it could be that the particular model is not suited to what I was looking for. I will say that it definitely makes me want to try other round-neck dobros, but this one was just not right for me. Fortunately, a buddy was there they night I got it and actually decided he would like it as a first guitar, and I sold it to him for the price here on the site.
For the record, sales and service were excellent and I wont hesitate to buy more product from Sweetwater as they're the best in the business.