Special / Sale Price - 2007 Altman MF-5
MandoMutt has always had a strong fondness for mandolins built by Bob Altman and we've had a bunch. We sold the sister of this particular mandolin last winter. Like that one, this Altman, s/n 6507 was one of a few built by Bob with a "combo top". One side is Engelmann, the other is Adirondack Spruce. The two pieces look identical and produce a powerful bluegrass sound that is quite evenly balanced.
Specs; Adirondack/Engelmann Spruce top, flamed Maple back/sides/neck in an iced tea sunburst, hand rubbed varnish finish, 3-ply bound body, single ivoroid bound fretboard. Radiused Ebony fretboard, recently refretted with stainless steel fret wire.
Other appointments; engraved James tailpiece, Waverly tuning machines with pearl knobs, abbreviated Ebony pickguard and Abalone flowerpot headstock inlay. Also includes an armrest. Not sure what wood species.
Bob A. cut the top for this mandolin thinner than usual and, (as a result) there was very slight dip (less than 1/64" max) in an area around the bridge. Several years ago, it was returned to Bob and he replaced the original bridge with a "full contact" bridge base. The top has not moved since. Gibson has used the same "full contact" bridge to address similar issues with several of it's mid-2000 models. Collings is using same bridge on all their mandolins now.
The thinner top, combo top and thin varnish combine to produce an awesome bluegrass mandolin. We've probably had in the neighborhood of a dozen Altman's over the past eight years or so and this is our third with the "combo top". I think this may be our most powerful Altman ever. Has that dry, woody "pop" thing going on. Excellent depth and big bluegrass chop. Really strong, traditional sounding mandolin.
Excellent condition overall. Does have a several dings, pings and and a light scratch or two on the top and one area between bridge and treble f, approx. 1/4" in diameter where the finish has been touched up. Finish removed from back of neck (speed neck).
Includes Cedar Creek case. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made mandolin.