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    Quote Originally Posted by holden View Post
    This one in the classifieds...
    http://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/96417#96417

    It's over $5k. That's about the most expensive NF I've seen. Where/how would it be made compared to the less expensive models? Or is it mostly materials that account for the price..
    here's a link to the Big Mon model from the Northfield page:
    http://www.northfieldinstruments.com/mandolins/big-mon

    browse thru that and you can see the base price list of $4250, then for that mandolin in the classifieds it appears to have some extras of black top, violin neck, varnish finish(not sure if the base price includes varnish finish or not), deluxe headstock inlay, and probably some other items I've not noticed. So those extras add on to the base price.

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    Hi Michael - that's a really nice sounding M model and a nice version of Red Haired Boy! Clear, clean picking and real depth to the sound.

    Enjoy it in good health!

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    Hey Folks and pickers........I just bought another Northfield an NF-5S..........I cannot believe the tone, volume, chop, craftsmanship on this mando........The consistency on these are incredible......absolutely love it.......I started this thread back in 2010....Northfields....get better and better......such an super buy!!!....

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    Congrats to 'Dylan in Colorado', the new owner of that spectacular looking Northfield Big Mon that was in the classifieds (http://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/97413#97413).

    Been watching that one, wondering when someone would grab it. If you're a member here Dylan, I sure would like to hear all about your new Northfield. Sure is a purdy one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLATROCK HILL View Post
    Congrats to 'Dylan in Colorado', the new owner of that spectacular looking Northfield Big Mon that was in the classifieds (http://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/97413#97413).

    Been watching that one, wondering when someone would grab it. If you're a member here Dylan, I sure would like to hear all about your new Northfield. Sure is a purdy one!
    noticed that also, that was one outstanding looking mandolin-breathtaking.
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    i suppose i should list my F5S that arrived a few weeks ago, although i started a thread in another subforum
    http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/sh...S-in-the-house

    this thread is a neat historical record of the mandos coming out of the Northfield group.

    this is, the BEST, mandolin, i have been fortunate to own.





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    Pretty instrument Daryl. Love the back...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skittle View Post
    Hey Folks and pickers........I just bought another Northfield an NF-5S..........I cannot believe the tone, volume, chop, craftsmanship on this mando........The consistency on these are incredible......absolutely love it.......I started this thread back in 2010....Northfields....get better and better......such an super buy!!!....
    I had the opportunity to test drive this NF-5S of Skittle's. Just a wonderful instrument.
    ..... f5joe

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    Gorgeous.
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    i had a fantastic, in-depth conversation last Friday with Adrian Bagale, main-man at Northfield mandolins. boy, and i thought i had a mandolin jones... how wrong i was! this cat is all about mandolins and F5s in particular. after my eye/ear-opening experience with a Northfield "Big Mon" at this year's Wintergrass i had contacted Northfield about a possible build and it was on this subject that Adrian and i talked at length. to say he and his team are dedicated to the advancement of the F5 Artist Series is like saying Steph Curry has a mild interest in shooting 3-pointers! i learned so much about their passion and patience in moving forward, day by day, in the development of their Artist models. their motto seems to be this - "always be willing to make changes for the betterment of the instrument". who can argue with that?

    it's rare enough these days to be contacted by the head of a company on the telephone... even more rare to get an unwavering sense that the person on the end of the line is truly committed to your satisfaction. it's precisely for that reason that i've decided to go ahead with my order. i'm excited to hear/see the results! many thanks Adrian...

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    For those interested in all things Northfield that don't follow them on Facebook(or look at the MC homepage), here is a link they just shared to a new online publication with some interesting articles.
    http://fieldnotes.northfieldinstruments.com
    Last edited by Milky2390; Jun-02-2016 at 9:55pm. Reason: Just saw the link on the homepage

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    Hi all,
    Thought I'd share some photos of the mando-fever going on in the Bay area. Adrian got a chance to go into the studio with Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg, and were joined by Tom Rozum and Sharon Gilchrist!

    Mando tasting on 2 Loars, 2 Gils, a Nugget, 2 Northfields and a bowl back........ good times!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northfield mando View Post
    Hi all,
    Thought I'd share some photos of the mando-fever going on in the Bay area. Adrian got a chance to go into the studio with Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg, and were joined by Tom Rozum and Sharon Gilchrist!

    Mando tasting on 2 Loars, 2 Gils, a Nugget, 2 Northfields and a bowl back........ good times!!


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    I hope this means there are some new YouTube clips coming up on the Northfield website

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    If one fingering don't, another one will.

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    Great looking and sounding mandolin. And some beautiful pickin'!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roberto View Post
    That's really great playing! And yeah the mandolin sounds good too.

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    I love that Hermanos Cubero stuff!

    Roberto, maybe I missed it, what are the details for your Northfield?

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    Yes, Roberto.... we need to know! Do you still have the F-5G?
    Gibson F5 'Harvey' Fern, Gibson F5 'Derrington' Fern
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    It's a standard 2014 Northfield F5S.
    Yes, I still have the F5G. It's my main tool. I absolutely love that mandolin.

    In fact I have to choose between an engelmann MT and the F5S as a second mandolin. So I'll sell one, but it's being so hard to decide...
    Last edited by roberto; Nov-03-2016 at 4:13am.
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    All very nice mandolins, Roberto - I feel your pain!

    Certainly my Gibson F5 (also a Harvey, like yours) has more 'harmonic' content and 'overtones' than my Northfield, which is definitely more of a 'dry' tone. Quite different. Usually the MT's also have more overtones, too... a very difficult decision.
    Gibson F5 'Harvey' Fern, Gibson F5 'Derrington' Fern
    Distressed Silverangel F 'Esmerelda' aka 'Maxx'
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    Agree with the overtones. Maybe technically the Collings is "better" but the Northfield has something... the voice, the dryness... it got me hooked!
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    Great playing, Roberto. Are you going to put tape over the logo on this one too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbcee View Post
    Great playing, Roberto. Are you going to put tape over the logo on this one too?
    lol... sure! Unless Northfield say otherwise.
    Last edited by roberto; Nov-03-2016 at 7:57am.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roberto View Post
    It's a standard 2014 Northfield F5S.
    Yes, I still have the F5G. It's my main tool. I absolutely love that mandolin.

    In fact I have to choose between an engelmann MT and the F5S as a second mandolin. So I'll sell one, but it's being so hard to decide...
    Hey Roberto, What is your F5-G? Did it come from Charles Johnson, I ask because I had one that went to him, I tried to get it back but he said it went to Europe. I believe mine was a 2001-02, back of neck sanded, I have the serial# somewhere. It was a goodun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegrasser78 View Post
    Hey Roberto, What is your F5-G? Did it come from Charles Johnson, I ask because I had one that went to him, I tried to get it back but he said it went to Europe. I believe mine was a 2001-02, back of neck sanded, I have the serial# somewhere. It was a goodun!
    Nope. Mine is a 2012 David Harvey. Spectacular sound.
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