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    Quote Originally Posted by bigskygirl View Post
    Nice, I'm waiting for a master model later this year. Have fun!
    How much longer is your wait, BSG?

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    Hi ZI, Peter at Northfield is projecting late December. I'm supposed to be getting a few "in progress" pics soon. I do love my Eastman 315 but from what I see and hear from the Northfield's....man, can't wait!

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    I played an Ad topped Big Mon back in February. It was one the best mandolin I have ever played. I hope to own one some day. Until then, I look forward to seeing pictures of yours.
    Z.I.

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    Nice, I should have added that it's a one piece sugar maple back, Engelmann top, and cocobolo fretboard and bridge.

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    Here's a couple of in progress pics from Peter at Northfield of my NF-5M. These pics are at the beginning of the varnishing stage so it still has a ways to go. Scheduled for a December delivery.

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    Beauty!

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    Very nice. One-piece sugar maple backs looks great. Never seen one with cocobolo for the fingerboard. Look forward to detailed pics when you have it!
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    Hey everyone,
    Just wanted to let you all know that we will be down in Raleigh next week for IBMA. If anyone going would like to stop by and try out some mandolins, we will be at booth 602, right next to our friends at the Elderly Instruments booth
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    We're looking forward to it and hope to meet some of you down there!

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    Here is a picture of the batch we are bringing down
    Can you tell us more about the A model in the middle?
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    If that's the A Pete told me about it is varnished with an engelmann top. Pretty top of the line.
    so many mandolins, so little time.

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    Do you happen to know whether it was made in China or Michigan? Do we have any sense of the street price for it?
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    According to the Northfield website, around $2,600. I don't know where they are made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pheffernan View Post
    Do you happen to know whether it was made in China or Michigan? Do we have any sense of the street price for it?
    The A mandolin in the picture was made by Jiduo, Lao Yin and Ms Ju in our Qingdao shop. Price is around $3K with several upgraded options.

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    Here's a couple of pictures of day 1 at IBMA
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    So what is the story on that "blonde" model? I looked on the Northfield site but could not find anything about it. Is that a custom and what is the price tag on that beauty?

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    I'm impressed with my Northfield NF-5M. Lots of bang for the buck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Lackey View Post
    So what is the story on that "blonde" model? I looked on the Northfield site but could not find anything about it. Is that a custom and what is the price tag on that beauty?
    Hi Alan (and all those inquiring about these different instruments),

    About 18 months ago we started working on a research project to try and improve/accentuate a few things about our mandolins. We went deep into various acoustic principles and studied some great mandolins and building approaches -inside and out. Then we started building prototypes and getting them into the hands of all these great players we've been lucky enough to work closely with. Adam Steffey had some unique requests for a mandolin neck shape and nut width. So we threw all of these changes and new refined approaches to arching, graduation, varnishing, and a bunch of other things -- even a scalloped fretboard -- into what is (and will be) our latest generation master model F5 style mandolin...and put it out on the road with Adam. We then got together with another mandolin super hero from the SF bay area and got to hear the mandolin played against some unbelievable instruments in the hands of two remarkable players/people...and the results were very encouraging. But we're still diving deeper and the instruments remain in development.

    We decided to bring along a couple examples to the IBMA to get some first hand feedback from other players that we know will be here in Raleigh. So.. if you're around the exhibit hall today, stop on by and we can talk more shop. Adam will be playing one all over the place during the week. If you're not able to be here, stay tuned... there will be a lot more information out soon about these mandolins, and a few other developments.

    all the best,
    Adrian

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    I played that blonde F-5 this AM at the exhibit hall, when few people were around and the din was not there (yet), lol.

    One word: Stupendous!

    and what a cool little tailpiece on it, designed by Nugget.

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    f5joe.....That is a beauty...man oh man....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northfield mando View Post
    Hi Alan (and all those inquiring about these different instruments),

    About 18 months ago we started working on a research project to try and improve/accentuate a few things about our mandolins. We went deep into various acoustic principles and studied some great mandolins and building approaches -inside and out. Then we started building prototypes and getting them into the hands of all these great players we've been lucky enough to work closely with. Adam Steffey had some unique requests for a mandolin neck shape and nut width. So we threw all of these changes and new refined approaches to arching, graduation, varnishing, and a bunch of other things -- even a scalloped fretboard -- into what is (and will be) our latest generation master model F5 style mandolin...and put it out on the road with Adam. We then got together with another mandolin super hero from the SF bay area and got to hear the mandolin played against some unbelievable instruments in the hands of two remarkable players/people...and the results were very encouraging. But we're still diving deeper and the instruments remain in development.

    We decided to bring along a couple examples to the IBMA to get some first hand feedback from other players that we know will be here in Raleigh. So.. if you're around the exhibit hall today, stop on by and we can talk more shop. Adam will be playing one all over the place during the week. If you're not able to be here, stay tuned... there will be a lot more information out soon about these mandolins, and a few other developments.

    all the best,
    Adrian
    I wish I could be there to see it. I love the looks of it and just had to ask.

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    Thanks Adrian, great summary. It's fantastic to witness your open, deliberate and involved approach to continuing the development of the Northfield mandolins. You all are passionate and it shows.

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    I had a chance to stop by their booth yesterday and was quite taken with their F-2 model. It is a hybred in that it joins the body at the 14th fret and has the end of the fingerboard over the body like an F-5. It has a wonderful low end.
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    A couple picture from day 2:
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    added an F2s to my collection. Taking it to rehearsal tonight.
    so many mandolins, so little time.

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