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!
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.
Nice, I should have added that it's a one piece sugar maple back, Engelmann top, and cocobolo fretboard and bridge.
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!
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.
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
Here is a picture of the batch we are bringing down:
We're looking forward to it and hope to meet some of you down there!
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.
Do you happen to know whether it was made in China or Michigan? Do we have any sense of the street price for it?
1984 Flatiron 1N
2007 Gypsy Vagabond
1924 Gibson A Snakehead
2005 Collings MT
2005 National RM-1
2007 Hester A5
2009 Passernig A5
2013 Silverangel A
According to the Northfield website, around $2,600. I don't know where they are made.
2010 Weber Yellowstone
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?
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,
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.
f5joe.....That is a beauty...man oh man....
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.
Did you walk to school, or take your lunch?
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.
A bunch of stuff with four strings
"I plan to live forever or die trying" Groucho Marx
added an F2s to my collection. Taking it to rehearsal tonight.
so many mandolins, so little time.