Northfield’s S Series of mandolins are an excellent choice for the player looking for the best tone with a little less bling. The NFS-F5 offers the same quality woodworking as their more expensive instruments but by binding only the edge of the Adirondack spruce top and leaving the back unbound, the number of hours in each instrument is significantly reduced. Another cost saving measure is using a satin finish, which is easier to apply than a gloss finish. Happily, Northfield’s builders didn’t skimp on the important stuff like tone and playability. The NFS-F5 has a two-bar bracing system like the classic Lloyd Loar mandolins and it has a clear, focused tone with a strong bark that can be heard over the loudest banjo picker. It also has a radiused fretboard, making it a breeze to play. Includes a hardshell case.