View Full Version : My new Flatiron!

Aug-14-2004, 10:31pm
Have had my 1996 Flatiron Festival F "Performer Series" about 5 days now. It has a custom Weber tail piece on it and a Wood Nymph. It has upgraded gold tuners and is in almost mint condition considering it is 8 years old.

Vern Brekke used this mandolin to try out a prototype of the traditional Loar style Brekke bridge he invented. It is an awesome bridge, you can adjust action under full tension.


Aug-15-2004, 7:11am
Thanks for sharing. Bet it's hard to put that one down.

Aug-15-2004, 7:45am
btw...just wondering how much difference in tone was there between the 2 bridges?

Aug-15-2004, 10:08am
Very nice. I believe most of the Performers did not have binding on the headstock and back. A 96 could be among the last that came out of Montana. They pulled out in December of 96.

Ken Berner
Aug-15-2004, 2:44pm
jim, Congrats on your mandolin; I know you will enjoy it, and welcome to the Flatiron (Montana) family.

Aug-15-2004, 9:23pm
Gotta love them montana flatirons http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Aug-17-2004, 12:24am
btw...just wondering how much difference in tone was there between the 2 bridges?
Vern Brekke said he invented the traditional Loar Brekke bridge to be louder and brighter so to cut through the mix when playing. The bridge is skinnier and has a brass flat bar imbedded in the bottom of the bridge. He claims this make the mando louder and with a more of a bluegrass sound and in my opinion he's right.

When I play the Performer F side by side with my Performer A the F is considerably louder and has more bite. The only explanation can be the bridge because other than the scroll on the F the two mandolins a virtually the same. They are only one year apart in age so even wood age is comparable.

I definitely am keeping the Brekke bridge on and the original bridge in the case compartment.