from the comments i have seen, i think it would be safe to say that the flatiron a-styles are consistently good mandos. like jim said above, i'm sure there are dud's out there, but most people seem to really love their flatirons. i know my pre-gibson flatty is as loud as you'd want a mandolin to be and plays great.
i think their a-styles are about the best deal going right now for an american made mandolin, i have seen quite a few recently priced in the $800 to $1200 range.
"i gotta fever...and the only prescription is more cowbell!!"
'87 Flatiron A5-JR/'25 Gibson A-JR