National RM1
National Resophonic RM-1, tobacco sunburst. $2,000.
This 2006 National Resophonic mandolin (serial #048) is in beautiful condition and sounds terrific. It has no significant player wear, but there is some light tarnishing on the brushed steel cover plate. Walnut body with maple top and neck; spiral-embossed spun cone with biscuit bridge. If you want to play the blues, or hold your own with a set of bagpipes, or just have the coolest mandolin on the block, this is the one to get. It's loud but sweet, uses the standard 13.75" mandolin scale, and doesn't have any of the intonation or playability problems associated with vintage resophonics. Comes with a hardshell case.
     This RM1 formerly belonged to the late bluegrass mandolinist Butch Baldassari, best known as the founder of the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble. See more photos, or for more information. $2,000 plus shipping.