These are pics of my varnished Fern. This is as close as I'll ever get to owning a Loar. I know that any time I look at the Loar pictures, it's the Ferns that catch my eye. About a week ago, I played the first Master Model I've ever laid my hands on, and thought it sounded pretty good until I got my Fern out. This Fern blew the MM out of the water with tone and volume! The MM was an interesting, and beautiful gold sunburst, and was one of the prettiest mandos I've ever seen. Just wish it had been better sounding.