1993 Flatiron Artist A5
Last edited by jmagill; Oct-16-2013 at 5:57am.
You are spot on with your review,even if you haven't played one that's how they sound fantastic!
Hi again everyone,
The IBMA has always been an important conference for our small company. We first released our mandolins to the public in 2009 and each year since then we've gone back to the IBMA with a variety of instruments for people to try out. We're very privileged to have so many fine mandolinists record and perform with our mandolins and so the annual conference is also a time for us to reconnect with friends and get their opinions on the most recent batch and new things we're working on.
This year we brought a few examples of a new model we have been developing. We kept them up in our hotel room at the Sheraton and turned the space into a mobile recording studio and invited players over to check them out. The group included, Emory Lester, Nick Keen, Zeb Snyder (who was picking up his new axe), Josh Williams, Adam Steffey, Martino Coppo and a host of others. Adam and Martino, two of the greatest guys on earth, came over and hung out for several hours--pickin', laughin' and contemplatin' with us. What could be better than that?
Here are a few tracks from that afternoon. Hope you enjoy.
All the best, Adrian
Note: Mandolins were recored with 2 OctavaMod MJE-v250 mics, run through Logic EQ'd completely flat. We added a little verb to overcome to deadness of the hotel room.
sounds good, Adrian. nice tone, especially the bottom end.
so many mandolins, so little time.
What's the name of the tunes? Heard them and play a couple but some that I don't know the name of.
"Can I have a little more talent in the monitors please?"
So beautifu[ if only someday I can make my Northfield sing so sweet. The wood at r414 was drop dead killer it had faces in it Ive never seen anything like that real man wood!!
I have been using my Northfield on gigs for over a year and still love it. The finish is peeling off mine but I don't really care. As you can see in the videos, we play bars, festivals, and just about anywhere else you can easily scratch your mandolin. Mine is rigged with a K&K twin, a pick-up-the world under bridge ribbon pickup and a DPA 4099 mic, all blended together. I get a pretty darn acoustic sound at rock band volume. I love my Northfield!
I know that sound is everything as it should ! But, I'm still very picky when it comes to appearance of the finish but when I play on one mandolin for three months and it looks like it has been through a war ( distressed) and I play on another for three years and it still looks new, it bothers me ! Even though I love the Northfield sound I will wait until Northfield comes up with a more bullet proof finish before I jump back in with another Northfield. Adrian and Elderly are both great to deal with and their service is great !
My two favorite pastimes are drinking wine and playing the mandolin but most of my friends would rather hear me drink wine! Adapted from quote by Mark Twain
It would bother me too. It is certainly the case that for a good sounding, fairly resilient finish, a thin nitro lacquer is hard to beat. I have mandolins and guitars around with lacquer, oil varnishes and spirit formulations, of various ages, from 80 years ago to recent. Of the three, I think the spirit (French polish) option is the least hard-wearing and most sensitive with some oil varnish formulations also being 'difficult'. I don't, however, think you should be experiencing major finish issues as you describe in that kind of time frame. I would be pretty unhappy with that. Fortunately, the Big Mon I have has been fine and no such issues... I do live in a very low humidity area, which might help.. and body chemistry (skin pH) can also have a big impact..... many mandolins also use a combination of finishes, French polish over oil, or tung oil/phenolic bases, or Behlan's Rock Hard with a Tru-oil overcoat (as per Ellis)... I believe Collings varnish models actually use yacht varnish... this stuff:
Said to be pretty tough...
PS: Pleading guilty in advance to some generalisations!
Gibson F5 'Harvey' Fern, Gibson F5 'Derrington' Fern
Distressed Silverangel F 'Esmerelda' aka 'Maxx'
Northfield Big Mon #127
Ellis F5 Special #288
'39 & '45 D-18's, 1950 D-28.