In the early 1930s when National introduced their resonator mandolins the catalog stated that that the instrument “retained the clear, ringing tone typical of a good mandolin, yet the cone amplifier makes possible the volume wanted for ensemble playing.” The new RM-1 mandolin from National Reso-Phonic is built in that same tradition. It boasts traditional features such as an A-style body, biscuit bridge, and vintage-style open-gear tuners, combined with modern appointments, including an intonated saddle and the comfortably radiused, extended fretboard topping the highly figured maple neck. The body is carved from walnut, with a beautifully figured maple top. The Art-Deco cast tailpiece and antique brass parts are exclusive to this instrument. Combined, the features add up to a mandolin with a truly transcendent tone.