Portability, reliability and great sound are three reasons that I cherish this guitar. It is actually my second BMI steel. When I was house hunting in the early 90’s I sold a great BMI 1 1/2 body width to someone whom I can’t even remember (I’ll buy it back if you’re out there!). Friend and former student Ben Reed was kind enough to lend this one to me often so I could make the recording sessions I had booked . I’m guessing he got tired of me stopping by to pick it up & drop it off and/or he bought a new Emmons Le Grande. I’m forever grateful Ben. It is a wonderful guitar!