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    The M Model's look nice, Adrian. How would you say they compare/contrast to a Collings MT model, in terms of materials, finish, hardware, etc??

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    The M Model's look nice, Adrian. How would you say they compare/contrast to a Collings MT model, in terms of materials, finish, hardware, etc??
    Thanks jjboone101. We're big fans of the MTs and Collings approach to making mandolins. As far as the wood materials go, they're very similar. Top and Back: Our Model M features Engelmann Spruce from Colorado and Red Maple from Western Pennsylvania -- the MTs are made of the same species however I'm not certain of the origin. Board and Bridges are made of African Ebony likely very similar to theirs. We use Schaller tuners, they use Gotoh. The top coat to our finish on our Model M is made of Shellac dissolved in alcohol, with some hardeners on the last layer to give it a it more durable than the more fragile french polished finishes. The top coat is buffed out by hand to nice semigloss luster. Coloring is by hand using a combination of aniline dyes and other tints/stains. The Collings MTs are finished with Nitro-Cellouse lacquer.

    Tonally, on average, I think they're quite different.... but of course, that's always a very subjective topic. If you'd like to talk more about the sound, playability, construction... or anything else, please give us a call. Thanks, Adrian (269-267-3678, direct)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northfield mando View Post
    Thanks jjboone101. We're big fans of the MTs and Collings approach to making mandolins. As far as the wood materials go, they're very similar. Top and Back: Our Model M features Engelmann Spruce from Colorado and Red Maple from Western Pennsylvania -- the MTs are made of the same species however I'm not certain of the origin. Board and Bridges are made of African Ebony likely very similar to theirs. We use Schaller tuners, they use Gotoh. The top coat to our finish on our Model M is made of Shellac dissolved in alcohol, with some hardeners on the last layer to give it a it more durable than the more fragile french polished finishes. The top coat is buffed out by hand to nice semigloss luster. Coloring is by hand using a combination of aniline dyes and other tints/stains. The Collings MTs are finished with Nitro-Cellouse lacquer.

    Tonally, on average, I think they're quite different.... but of course, that's always a very subjective topic. If you'd like to talk more about the sound, playability, construction... or anything else, please give us a call. Thanks, Adrian (269-267-3678, direct)
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    I'm in Holland, how about I swing by and pick that beauty up. . . ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Pick View Post
    Hey Adrian-
    I'm in Holland, how about I swing by and pick that beauty up. . . ?
    Steve
    Hi Steve! Your mandolin is in the upcoming batch. Would be great to see you, but if I were you I'd high tail it back to Cali! This is the coldest weather we've had all year!! Maybe we could get together on the west coast when the mando is ready... Now that sounds like a grand idea for a spring break! -AB

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    Now that's a win-win.

    Really glad to see these M models on the home stretch.
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    I finally broke down and bought a Big Mon. Its a good mandolin!

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    I'm waiting for my F5M right now, shipped yesterday overnight. FedEx is torturing me with no updates......

    Got an update....not long now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigskygirl View Post
    I'm waiting for my F5M right now, shipped yesterday overnight. FedEx is torturing me with no updates......

    Got an update....not long now!
    A nice early birthday present!
    Northfield Big Mon
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    All this talk about Fedex overnight makes me envious. My Big Mon is still 6-7 weeks away. Let's us know your impatience level it arrives and you have to look at the unopened box for a couple of days - lol. Especially true with the cold weather in Michigan lately. Now that is real pain!!

    Once you get to pick on it let us know your opinion.

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    Delivered! I sat in the brewery/pizza place next door until I got the email. Tried not to knock everyone over getting to the pick up desk! Lucky for me the temps here are in the 60s today. OK, gotta go....I'll be busy for awhile...ha

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    My new Northfield NF-F5M #268 arrived yesterday! It's fantastic! Premium englemann spruce top, sugar maple one piece back, and cocobolo fretboard. It has the modern set up with a scooped Florida extension and the standard Northfield inlay. I also opted for the James tailpiece and the violin varnish speed neck.

    The workmanship is flawless, the intonation up the neck is perfect, and the binding and scroll work are very well done. The sunburst finish is like a mirror with only a few very, very slight signs of handwork that are common with a hand rubbed varnish finish.

    Lucky for me the weather cooperated and I did not have to wait long to open the box...ummm, actually only the amount of time it took me to bring the box in the house and shove everything off the table.

    This mandolin is the most comfortable one I have played. The neck profile is cut so that it sits in my hand very nicely and the speed neck is so smooth, it's really a joy to play...maybe I'll get faster....ha. I don't really know how to describe the sound in terms of great mid-trebles and such, all I can say is it sounds rich and full. The sustain is unbelievable! I've been playing an Eastman 315 for about a year and the tones on the Northfiled are not shrill like on the Eastman.

    I'll get a few pictures posted soon, it's pretty foggy here today and I'd have to put it down to take pics and I don't want to stop playing it right now. Thank you to Peter and Adrian Bagale and all the people at Northfield for making me such a beautiful mandolin!

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    Very exciting bigskygirl and congrats on your new mando. Now how about some photos?

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    hey BSG

    glad it arrived safely, it sounds very very nice.
    definitely post us some pics when you get the chance.

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    BSG:
    Sounds great!! Way to go - I'm envious !!!. Would love to see some pics.

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    Promised pics, weather here is terrible so I can't get good lighting.
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    Very nice!! Congrats!

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