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    Hello Adrian,
    I had the chance to get my hands on a Big Mon a few months back, and it was as good as any mandolin I have ever played. I then got to wondering, have you guys have ever built an oval hole Big Mon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandobar View Post
    Adrian, Will the dealers be offering the A models?
    Hi Mando Bar: That remains to be seen. However, we are making great progress on many fronts and will be talking about all the new things around our shop in the coming weeks. Please keep in touch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zissou Intern View Post
    Hello Adrian,
    I had the chance to get my hands on a Big Mon a few months back, and it was as good as any mandolin I have ever played. I then got to wondering, have you guys have ever built an oval hole Big Mon?
    Thanks.
    Z
    Hi there Zissou Intern. We have only built one--which we adored... and actually, a picture of the back of that mandolin is featured on the front of our website, resting against the stairs to my home. Would be happy to talk tone and all the variables any time. Give us a call. All the best, Adrian

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    I have never played a Northfield that has the low end of a Silverangel. I have owned both, and played many from each maker. Not taking anything away from Northfield here or the low end they have, they just don't go for as bass heavy of a sound as Ken goes for on the Silverangels. The Northfield puts more emphasis in the Loar-mid-range camp. Again, not a bad thing, just different than SA. If I were playing solo mandolin, I would go for the SA. Huge sound with big-big bottom... It is almost like playing a guitar. In a context where you need a mandolin to cut, low end may not be what your after. You may need more mids and highs, and the Northfield may be the ticket. Either are great products, but we're talking apples and oranges... And another thing, Ken's design on the SA of late has a higher arch than even the Big Mon, and thus an even larger air chamber. Plus Ken is a master of and believer in X bracing, where Northfields are tone bars. This also makes a difference. I love both products dearly! I can say though that after playing my SA for a while and picking up another mandolin, it is like going from a dreadnaught to a parlor guitar. I am still hopeful that 1 day Northfield will offer cedar and/ or redwood options. If I ever get another I'll probably go with an engelmann top if that and red spruce are all that's on the table.
    Shawn, in this hour long video by Adam Steffey he demos and also gives him impressions about many of the Northfield models including a direct comparison of difference in tone between Engelman and Adirondack spruce topped Northfield mandolins. If these two mandolins are typical it could be an important decision to make.

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    Bernie, do you happen to know at what point in the hour he compares the spruce tops?

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    BSG,

    The discussion of topwood starts at about minute 25. Good Stuff

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    BSG,

    The discussion of topwood starts at about minute 25. Good Stuff

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    Thanks, I'll check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigskygirl View Post
    Bernie, do you happen to know at what point in the hour he compares the spruce tops?
    Sorry I missed your question until now -- but looks like it has been answered!
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    Thanks David and Bernie, I saw this workshop when it was originally aired. It's nice to hear the sounds of the different tops.

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    That A with the Englemann top just has such a nice, full tone to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bridges View Post
    That A with the Englemann top just has such a nice, full tone to me.
    Yes, and I was interested once again to hear him describe the A's as "made here in Michigan."
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    I posted a thread a month or 2 ago, asking for more details on those. Northfield followed up, said that details would be forthcoming soon.I'm very curious to see some more info.
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    Yes, and I was interested once again to hear him describe the A's as "made here in Michigan."
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    Take a look at their website. Adrian, or whoever has written the page concerning his background and the background of the company, did a nice job of explaining the details of how things work at Northfield. There are also changes being made to their build environment as I have seen pics on their Facebook page of their new showroom in Michigan and I have seen mandolins hanging after finish has been applied. They may be moving more operations here. From what I gather this is not a factory environment, but mandolins being made by a handful of builders in small batches.
    so many mandolins, so little time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandobar View Post
    ... They [Northfield] may be moving more operations here. From what I gather this is not a factory environment, but mandolins being made by a handful of builders in small batches.
    Or perhaps a "factory" with a "small shop" working environment -- this company seems to be on a good path.

    Not to highjack the thread in any way but it is worth pointing out here, since you mentioned the topic, that Gibson now builds mandolins in exactly that way mandolins made in batches by teams of luthiers.

    It is worth noting that this method works. In the case of Gibson a strong case can be made that the "factory" is now building the best mandolins ever -- even surpassing (over all those made under Lloyd Loar's watch in the 1920's..

    Oddly enough I've never played one of these Northfields.
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    Hey Everyone,
    Thought I'd take a moment and share a link that explains more about our new workshop in Michigan.
    http://www.northfieldinstruments.com...round-the-shop
    ....... and consider this an open invitation to anyone interested in visiting us :-)

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    I bought the NF-F5S and I am very happy with it. I have a tone guard on it, and man the volume and tone are incredible.

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    Hi Everyone,
    Wanted to let you all know that we are proud sponsors of the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival this year. We will be bringing a few different models and displaying them at the Woodstock Music Shop tent in the vendor area. We'd love to show anyone going to the festival what we're working on.
    Looking forward to meeting some of you and catching all the great music that weekend has to offer!

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    Played a recent Big Mon at the Mandolin Symposium and was really impressed by how it plays and sounds. It's also a tremendous improvement over an earlier standard Master model I had. I heard there had been some refining of the build process and this one really shows.

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