National Resophonic RM-1, tobacco sunburst. $2,850.
The National Resophonic RM-1 is a revolution in resonator mandolin design and tone. Rather than the pinched, harsh, overly metallic sound you get from resophonics of yesteryear, the RM-1 sounds a lot like an acoustic mandolin—just louder. It stands out in a crowd but still manages to be sweet and expressive.
     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 uses the standard 13.875" mandolin scale, and doesn't have any of the intonation or playability problems associated with vintage resophonics. Comes with a hardshell case.
     Clear maple body with maple top and neck. Has a replacement cone ordered directly from National. Serial number 21370. OHSC. $2,850 plus shipping. Add a strap, see more photos, call 425/772-0231, or for more information.