For years I wanted to offer a line of mandolins and mandolin family instruments. My thought was I could control the quality and the cost better by working direct with a few small builders. In 2011 we began working with a couple of small builders here in the USA to design instruments. Our mandolin family instruments are hand built in a small shop in Arizona while our carved top mandolins are hand built in a small shop in Tennessee. In 2012 we introduced a high quality import F model that is hand built in China. At Lafferty mandolins we are committed to offering players the best possible instruments, at the best possible prices! If a new instrument is in your future, I hope you will consider allowing Lafferty mandolins into your home. For more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .