As near as any have come to the Platonic ideal F5 in tone, playability, and sheer beauty.
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We have heard Heiden mandolins in Adi and Carpathian and Sitka, but an Engelmann spruce-topped example is a rarer sight here. Such was Michael's choice for this Artist Plus model, his top-shelf F-style offering, and the results are stunning!
The "Plus" designation refers to the additional white/black binding Michael opts for on black- or tortoise-bound instruments. The effect is a beautifully crisp defining border that lights up all the edges of the mandolin, a perfect finishing touch befitting this heirloom-quality instrument.
As with other Heidens we have had the pleasure of hearing, the tone is harmonically rich, the instrument responding immediately and effortlessly. A varied attack will reveal subtle varieties in color and dynamic range. All in all, this mandolin offers a deeply engaging and wholly satisfying playing experience across a wide range of styles. Not to put too fine a point on it, but there is literally nothing I'd change about this mandolin.
As of 2023, Michael's price for a new F Artist Plus mandolin is $30,000. A 2021 label, delivered in late 2022, this mandolin comes to us in excellent condition, with little to no visible signs of prior ownership. It is a great, uncommon opportunity to acquire a brilliant, recent example of Heiden's finest work.
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