It's been a long while since Gryphon had a Monteleone instrument for sale, and this one is probably his most rare mandolin model. After the success of his revised version of the Gibson F-5, the Monteleone Grand Artist, John began to experiment with a new mandolin model called the Radio Flyer. Based on the contemporary design elements he'd developed for his Radio Flyer archtop guitars, he developed an A model mandolin and the model shown here, which is the equivalent of a Radio Flyer F model. Not many have been made as demand for Monteleone archtop guitars went into overdrive around the same time, and the prices his guitars sold for followed suit. While this example is signed and dated 7-2003 on the inside back, it wasn't sold until June of 2004. The original owner recalls that the wait for a new model was so prolonged that Monteleone agreed to sell the Radio Flyer F he had made for himself. The price for this Radio Flyer F and it's Calton case was over $28,000 in 2004, and fortunately it has been handled so carefully, with not many playing hours, that it could almost pass for new 17 years later. The thin lacquer finish has settled nicely into the pores of the wood, giving the entire instrument an appealing patina.