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    Default Northfield is simply nailing it lately

    this one at MusicEmporium(and in our classifieds)
    https://themusicemporium.com/mandoli...#&gid=1&pid=11

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    I like a nice black top and the way the burst was added on sides and back is beautiful to my eyes. And if its anything like lately, I'm sure it plays and sounds fantastic.

    Here's an F at Ave-I like the flame thruout and really drawn to the back-not flamed as much as some but it just looks really old.
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    The blondes they've been putting out of late are beautiful as well. TMS has had two blondes very recently that didn't last a day, a friend picked up one. NF is putting some really eye popping wood on these lower end models. And I think they are hitting an all time high on the tonal aspect as well.

    here's a blonde F and A at TMS
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    and this Big Mon at TMS
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    Those are stunning for sure!
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    The prices do reflect their product; pricey for an Asian import.
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    They're pretty. I'll leave it at that...

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    I was just admiring that black A5 special. I’ve always liked the way Northfield does the pickguards on the black face models, and I really like the way they did this fretboard, too, with the beautiful wood pattern.
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    Agreed! And could not be run by a nicer bunch of folks. It's great to see them doing so well!

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    Agree Daryl, Ive had mine going on 5 years now and love it! Not sure why some insist on disparaging the shop because the facts are that its an American based company producing high quality instruments. I have a friend that bought an off the shelf mando from a very popular mid-west builder and she paid $2,000 more than I paid for my custom build. TEHO but if you're in the market for a nice mando don’t overlook Northfield. The F5S is one of the best values around...if you can find one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigskygirl View Post
    Agree Daryl, Ive had mine going on 5 years now and love it! Not sure why some insist on disparaging the shop because the facts are that its an American based company producing high quality instruments. I have a friend that bought an off the shelf mando from a very popular mid-west builder and she paid $2,000 more than I paid for my custom build. TEHO but if you're in the market for a nice mando don’t overlook Northfield. The F5S is one of the best values around...if you can find one.
    There is one in the classifieds now. NFI. There also seems to be a lot of the Big Mons used available.

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    Northfield is not an Asian import company. It is not a business entity that solely purchases items from an external country and separate business entity and then resells in the U.S. for profit. The founders of the company are based in the U.S. and China. The employees in China are Northfield company owners and long-time employees, long-time friends of founder Adrian (in the U.S.) and highly skilled luthiers. Material and work is shared between the two. Wood is sourced in the U.S. and shipped for some models to China then sent back and final inspection, set-up, tweaking, if necessary, is performed in the U.S. A good part of the line is entirely made in Michigan as outlined in this feature article from 2018, Northfield Introduces Three New Michigan-Made Instruments. They are a very, very small organization and no other mandolin company is quite like them in that regard. Part of the U.S. based Calhoun production is intended in part to cater to a rapidly growing mandolin market in China, and when it breaks, it will be the biggest market on the planet simply due to the numbers.

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    They do make some very nice mandolins. I've sampled many of them at Gryphon. Would love to try a Big Mon sometime. A's work better for me aesthetically, due to the very fragile looking, open scroll in the head stock of the F's (see the last picture of the The Big Mon series above). I do wish the Airloom Deluxe case would become available. it's been "coming soon" for over 6 months since I started checking on the website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigskygirl View Post
    Agree Daryl, Ive had mine going on 5 years now and love it! Not sure why some insist on disparaging the shop because the facts are that its an American based company producing high quality instruments. I have a friend that bought an off the shelf mando from a very popular mid-west builder and she paid $2,000 more than I paid for my custom build. TEHO but if you're in the market for a nice mando don’t overlook Northfield. The F5S is one of the best values around...if you can find one.
    I think the F5S is one of the sweet spots for Northfield. A great instrument at a great price. And they seem to be selling a ton of them. Northfield is so much more than simply an Asian knock-off company.
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    They really are beautiful instruments, Daryl, could you put the prices under each photo, thanks.

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    You can hear the black top Northfield here (I think).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Lavelle View Post
    They do make some very nice mandolins. I've sampled many of them at Gryphon. Would love to try a Big Mon sometime. A's work better for me aesthetically, due to the very fragile looking, open scroll in the head stock of the F's (see the last picture of the The Big Mon series above). I do wish the Airloom Deluxe case would become available. it's been "coming soon" for over 6 months since I started checking on the website.
    Not sure what's 'fragile' about a 1/2" thick piece of maple....

    I wouldn't use it to hammer a nail, but frankly, it would probably work ok for that. Love my F5S like my children.

    As for the comment above about Northfield being an Asian import, that's just flat wrong, as pointed out by the Admin. Very big difference between Northfield's model and Eastman's. Besides, who cares where a mandolin is made? If it plays and sounds like you want and the price is right, buy it and be happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Winn View Post
    Besides, who cares where a mandolin is made? If it plays and sounds like you want and the price is right, buy it and be happy.
    It really is that simple, folks.
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    I will say that prior to last summer I was a bit more skeptical (and uneducated) on Northfield.
    After going to Swannanoa Gathering and spending several hours talking to Adrian, I was sold on it. Definitely far removed from your stereotypical "made in China" type stuff. I got to play almost every model they make there at the table and all were fantastic and special in their own ways.
    I came away very impressed. I ordered my flat top octave shortly thereafter and have been very pleased with it.

    If I wasn't a bit nervous about my company's stability over the rest of the year I'd be ordering a 4th gen today.
    BTW, I'm also a student in Mike Marshall's class and he plays his 4th gen every single day and let me tell you it sounds fantastic.
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    Very pretty mandolins!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandolin Cafe View Post
    The employees in China are Northfield company owners and long-time employees, long-time friends of founder Adrian (in the U.S.) They are a very, very small organization and no other mandolin company is quite like them in that regard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Lavelle View Post
    They do make some very nice mandolins. I've sampled many of them at Gryphon. Would love to try a Big Mon sometime. A's work better for me aesthetically, due to the very fragile looking, open scroll in the head stock of the F's (see the last picture of the The Big Mon series above). I do wish the Airloom Deluxe case would become available. it's been "coming soon" for over 6 months since I started checking on the website.
    Steve,

    I think the delay is probably compounded due to the virus and the shut downs all over the world. They could very well be just waiting at the factory where they make these for hardware or interior material that just hasn't come yet.
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    Nailing it lately? My 2014 NF-FS5 is pretty spectacular! I couldn't have picked a better first mandolin, and I am still inspired every time I play something on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Calley View Post
    I think the F5S is one of the sweet spots for Northfield. A great instrument at a great price. And they seem to be selling a ton of them. Northfield is so much more than simply an Asian knock-off company.
    Agree, in 2014 when I was looking for a upgrade from my Eastman 315 that I bought on a whim I wanted an F5S but there were none to be found so I spoke with Peter at NF and ordered my F5M (not a big mon). I love my NF but I’ll think those F5S’ are really a great mando at that price point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Egerton View Post
    I will say that prior to last summer I was a bit more skeptical (and uneducated) on Northfield.
    After going to Swannanoa Gathering and spending several hours talking to Adrian, I was sold on it. Definitely far removed from your stereotypical "made in China" type stuff. I got to play almost every model they make there at the table and all were fantastic and special in their own ways.
    I came away very impressed. I ordered my flat top octave shortly thereafter and have been very pleased with it.

    If I wasn't a bit nervous about my company's stability over the rest of the year I'd be ordering a 4th gen today.
    BTW, I'm also a student in Mike Marshall's class and he plays his 4th gen every single day and let me tell you it sounds fantastic.
    I have a bad case of Northfield 4th gen MAS, but unlikely to happen any time soon. At the same time thankful I have the N5S.
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    A friend, who is a fine Nashville based picker bought a blonde F5S. We picked at a jam for 3 hours last night. Great sounding instrument picked by a guy who can really play. Was very impressed. Looking forward to getting him into my studio soon with his new treasure. In the past has played my Ellis in jams. In some ways, the F5S may fit his style more, pretty close to a toss up.
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    [QUOTE=Kevin Winn;1771681]Not sure what's 'fragile' about a 1/2" thick piece of maple....

    I used the words "fragile looking" to describe my aesthetic objection, not to criticize the build quality. I just like my scrolls wound tight.
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    I've been handling all levels of mandolins for 50 years and the Big Mon I have is as good as it gets. I'm not saying better than things like a Paul Schneider custom Summit which I had which was also a fabulous mandolin. I'm just saying the Northfield Big Mon is equal to almost anything out there and I wouldn't take any F5 mandolin as a swap for it. I really mean that. It is faultless and delivers in every aspect bar none.

    The only negative I have with any F style mandolin is that I would do away with the bottom point. I had an F4 made without one and it looks just as good but when I play sitting down, the point in a normal F style mandolin sticks in my leg. Just the way I hold it so I put a piece of foam underneath.

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