Just got this a week ago and have been playing it a lot. After not being able to pick this up because of falling ill in June, Chris stored it for me at his workshop till I could get a friend to bring it to me. Chris is great to work with and the tone and beauty of this has convinced me to order an A model too! You can see some other (more professional) pics of this on his website:
Since I live in Europe and have never even SEEN a Loar F-5 up close, I can't say anything about his reputation of the Loar sound straight out of the case, but this mandolin has an incredible sound and will be used to play blues mandolin, which is what I do. Not the ordinary thing to use an F-5 style mandolin for that kind of music, but I play mostly pre-war blues and love the vintage sounds of my old Gibsons and Nationals. This one fits right in there!