Tico, I thought the same thing when I first bought it but there are some differences in the two. I happen to have a G&B 176 pictured next to the Birmingham. The skins on the Birmingham are about 4 inches taller. Also the Birmingham has heavy steel bands up the sides that the G&B does not feature. The tapered or funneled neck on the Birmingham is more subtle than the G&B. Hope this helps! Thanks, Tony