The all-walnut Northfield flat top octave mandolin is a powerful instrument that will cover all the guitar-ranged desires any mandolinist could dream up, and the lightning fast response coupled with a whip crack attack make it perfect for Irish or old time backing. The slightly longer 22" scale length lends itself to more guitar-like fingering and provides the string tension required for more dynamic styles. The all-walnut construction is warm, woody and articulate, tonally sitting in its own zone where it won't overpower or be obscured. If you have been wanting to explore frequencies afar or new tonal vistas, this is the perfect companion to dive in. Priced with hardshell case.