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Introducing Northfield "S" Series Mandolins

By Mandolin Cafe
October 14, 2012 - 3:00 pm

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Northfield S Series Mandolin

Northfield S Series Mandolin

Marshall Mich. — Northfield Instruments has announced the addition of a new "S" Series to their line of mandolins.

Based on feedback from professional working musicians and the input from the mandolin community through forum contact the "S" Series was created to provide a wider range of design and sound options professional and amateur musicians alike can appreciate and enjoy in an affordable price range.

Created by the same Northfield team since the beginning, "S" Series mandolins will be available in limited quantities starting in December, 2012.

Northfield mandolins are owned and played by such notable artists as Adam Steffey of The Boxcars, Aaron Ramsey of Mountain Heart, Nick Keen of The Josh Williams Band, and Clay Hess and Emory Lester to name a few.

Northfield "S" Series Specs

To help celebrate the launch of this new series, Northfield enlisted Aaron Ramsey of Mountain Heart for the video More Coffee, More Mandolins F5S playing a number of Northfield models including the first "S" series instruments in a live setting.

More Coffee, More Mandolins F5S - with Aaron Ramsey

Northfield F2S Oval

Northfield "S" Series

Northfield S Series

Northfield S Series

Additional information
Northfield web site

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Kmcc24
October 14, 2012 04:03 PM
Heard Adam Steffey play one of these last night at the Ark in Ann Arbor. Great performance by the Boxcars and astounding sound from the new Northfield!
George R. Lane
October 14, 2012 04:16 PM
We need a video of the F2 model. I would like to how it stands up top the Weber CVF and the Collings ovals.
Charles E.
October 14, 2012 04:30 PM
That black face F-2 looks really sweet! MAS setting in. Its a shame we did not get to hear it in the video.
SincereCorgi
October 14, 2012 05:01 PM
These go for about $300 less than the normal base-price F model's $3000. I don't know Northfield's specs that well, but my impression is that these have a simpler sunburst for the finish, nitro instead of 'spirit varnish', and don't have a bound headstock or bound fretboard... so: are these such a good deal, or do most 'regular' Northfields come out to around $3.5K after adding extras like a one-piece backs and a speed necks?
wundo
October 14, 2012 05:40 PM
I was looking for a 2 point, now that F2 is trumping it.
Jeff Oxley
October 14, 2012 07:08 PM
Very impressive, both the picking and the tone. One question: what's the name of the tune that starts at 2:00?? Have heard it bunches of times but can't for the life of me think of the name...thanks for any beta you can give me.
PJ Doland
October 14, 2012 07:32 PM
That's Cherokee Shuffle.
chhearn
October 14, 2012 07:35 PM
i am pretty certain he is playing 'Lost Indian'...very similar to 'Cherokee Shuffle'...in the NRV, Lost Indian is usually in A, and Cherokee Shuffle is sometimes played in D...but old-time fiddlers sometimes switch the keys around...
chhearn
October 14, 2012 07:36 PM
mr. doland beat me to it, and i concur...
Clement Barrera-Ng
October 14, 2012 09:02 PM
Impressive. Cam the 'S' be ordered with a 'Big Mon' body dimension?
AlanN
October 15, 2012 05:38 AM
Quote from chhearn: i am pretty certain he is playing 'Lost Indian'...very similar to 'Cherokee Shuffle'...in the NRV, Lost Indian is usually in A, and Cherokee Shuffle is sometimes played in D...but old-time fiddlers sometimes switch the keys around... End Quote

My experience is the opposite. CS usually in A, LI usually in D. Maybe it has to do with north or south of the Equator...
mandopete
October 15, 2012 10:11 AM
These mandolins and the playing sound wonderful, but the video is not very helpful in knowing which instrument is which.

Just sayin'
Northfield mando
October 15, 2012 11:35 AM
Hi Everyone. Thanks to Scott T. for the nice news article and front page attention. Flattering to say the least. Couple responses to comments/questions so far:

Pricing: Yes, the average price for a master model has been higher than the base that we've been showing on our site. The order history has been almost completely custom orders for the last year, with nearly everyone opting for options that we offer. The average MSRP of the S series will be much less, since those options will not be offered. The other "savings" will be that these orders will more readily available and in select stores for trying before buying, something that hasn't been possible very often since 2009.

"Big Mon" Shape: No, sorry, these new S series will not be offered in our custom "Big Mon" sizing.

Tune: I think it was Cherokee Shuffle. I'll ask Aaron to be sure.

Video and "S" Series Identifier: When Aaron plays the new mandolin you'll see "NEW" F5S in red in the left hand side of the video screen, indicating that he's playing the new instrument. He starts out playing a master model. He's also playing an F5S for the audio during the fast motion "More Mandolins" section of the video.

Hope this helps. Questions can also be directed to info@northfieldmandolins.com
Thanks, Adrian
homejame
October 15, 2012 03:29 PM
for gawds sake...... why all the trickery - I get migraine too dam easy- nice picking - shame about the video.

speeded up doesn't help either .
Trey Young
October 15, 2012 03:47 PM
Hey Adrian,
Any plans on an A-5S in the future?
Mike Walls
October 15, 2012 05:28 PM
What's the name of the first tune that Aaron plays? I know I've heard it before. I took the time to learn it today but can't remember where I may have heard it before. Thanks!
Charles E.
October 15, 2012 05:34 PM
Quote from Northfield mando: Hi Everyone. Thanks to Scott T. for the nice news article and front page attention. Flattering to say the least. Couple responses to comments/questions so far:

Pricing: Yes, the average price for a master model has been higher than the base that we've been showing on our site. The order history has been almost completely custom orders for the last year, with nearly everyone opting for options that we offer. The average MSRP of the S series will be much less, since those options will not be offered. The other "savings" will be that these orders will more readily available and in select stores for trying before buying, something that hasn't been possible very often since 2009.

"Big Mon" Shape: No, sorry, these new S series will not be offered in our custom "Big Mon" sizing.

Tune: I think it was Cherokee Shuffle. I'll ask Aaron to be sure.

Video and "S" Series Identifier: When Aaron plays the new mandolin you'll see "NEW" F5S in red in the left hand side of the video screen, indicating that he's playing the new instrument. He starts out playing a master model. He's also playing an F5S for the audio during the fast motion "More Mandolins" section of the video.

Hope this helps. Questions can also be directed to info@northfieldmandolins.com
Thanks, Adrian End Quote

When do we get to see another video with the mandolins identified, including the black face F-2?
Northfield mando
October 15, 2012 05:55 PM
Hi again. A couple more answers.

A5S: Probably will. Just working things out with the Fs right now.

More videos: Rest assured, we've got great video of the oval hole in action--just need time to edit it all. Working on that now. FYI, there are more audio clips of the mandolins here: http://www.northfieldinstruments.com/mandolins/qsq-series you can find them on the Audio tab on the left side bar.

-Adrian
Charles E.
October 15, 2012 06:35 PM
Thanks Adrian, I'll check it out. I really like how you guy's are keeping things fresh.
Michael Ramsey
October 15, 2012 07:39 PM
I just talked to Aaron and the first tune he is playing he learned from a live recording featuring Sam Bush at The Birchmere. It's called Poor Richard's Blues. The other one is Cherokee Shuffle.

The music he is playing, when the video is sped up, is some Aaron Ramsey "off the cuff" stuff.
keebler
October 17, 2012 05:20 PM
I wanted to hear the oval :(
Charles E.
October 17, 2012 06:56 PM
Keebler, you can listen to it here......

http://www.northfieldinstruments.com/media-gallery/listen

It is the second set of recordings.
Northfield mando
October 19, 2012 06:46 AM
Here's a video just showing the NF-F2 "Oval Hole" Mandolin

[YOUTUBE=x691vHh2rdg][/YOUTUBE]

Let Us Know what you think!
AlanN
October 19, 2012 07:59 AM
Emory is such a gifted player, makes that oval hole sing.
MNmando
October 25, 2012 09:25 AM
anyone know the tune Emory played?
Scott Tichenor
October 25, 2012 09:46 AM
Quote from MNmando: anyone know the tune Emory played? End Quote

Discussed here.
MNmando
October 28, 2012 02:01 PM
Thanks Scott! I'm new to mandolin cafe and haven't delved into the forums yet but I love this site.... Cheers!
oneeyeross
October 30, 2012 01:31 PM
Quote from Northfield mando:

Let Us Know what you think! End Quote

I think I want one, just have to figure out how to pay for it....that is a treasure. MAN, what a sound...
Thackeray
November 18, 2012 04:26 PM
I own an "0" series Gibson guitar with scroll and oval hole. I have always wanted to play that style of mandolin. The "s" series oval is an exciting model of mandolin. Very curious on how well it projects sound.
Northfield mando
January 22, 2013 02:09 PM
The new "S" series mandolins are on their way to select dealers. Check out these video's to see where you can try one:
[YOUTUBE=1ZRUHNmjpeU][/YOUTUBE]
[YOUTUBE=1POJMZAtB0I][/YOUTUBE]
Clement Barrera-Ng
January 22, 2013 09:00 PM
Splendid! I guess I'll have to make good on that long-delayed trip to Gryphon Strings soon.
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