There are mandolins, and then there's the Collings MF5 Deluxe Varnish with a one-piece quilted maple back and a custom, fully-hand-engraved tailpiece. Phew. This is the top-of-the-line F5-style mandolin from Collings, complete with every upgrade possible. It's enormously resonant, wide-open and chimey-sounding, with a crystalline high end that will rival any Loar. The inimitable balance is perhaps the most remarkable quality of this mandolin--every note on the fretboard rings true, loud and clear with perfect articulation. For bluegrass / new acoustic players specializing in fiddle tunes with heavy melodic variations, this may be the perfect instrument. Upgraded with "Torch & Wire" peghead inlay and hand-inlaid tuner buttons. Priced with Collings' own handmade vintage-style hard case.