Hi folks. I'm in the UK and recently bought a 1984 "The Flatiron" F5. It doesn't say Artist or Custom but it is triple bound in that the top has the ivoroid and the overlap has thin black and thin ivoroid. I had read somewhere that it was the Artist ones which were triple bound and a normal F5 would not be.
I'm just a little curious about a couple of things:
1--Does anyone know if they normall came with nickel hardware or gold. The original ownwer said he bought it new in 1984 from Mandolin brothers and there is a case/mandolin cloth with with their logo on. He said he never touched it except to replace the tailpiece and the original is nickel as are the bridge wheels. The tuners are reverse gear gold plated Schallers. I can't see Flatiron selling a mandolin with a mis match. I think someone must have replaced the tuners.
Anyone know much about these mandolins.
Also the bridge is quite low relatively speaking. Just wondered if that was how they were made.
The mandolin is in fantastic condition and has a warm balanced tone which I really like.