We were big fans of Flatiron mandolins and sold a lot of them, including this one. We quickly learned that once the folks at Flatiron had the graduation and top bracing of their A model mandolins dialed in it was mostly the binding and inlay that distinguished the higher and pricier models from more simple versions like this Performer A. This example has a bit of finish wear below the treble strings (where a pickguard would be) and the original lacquer finish has some weather checking, but the frets have very little wear and it has nice low string action and great tone. The carved maple back has lots of curly fiddleback figure, it's almost a shame the dark stain makes it difficult to see it. Nice TKL hardshell case.