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Eastman Mandolins
« on: Aug 04, 2004, 08:44:25 PM »
I know many fiddlers play mandolin, too.  Easier to do after all that alcohol and so on.

I've gotten a second Eastman mandolin in the shop.  See www.eastmanguitars.com  Eastman is well known for violins.  Then archtop guitars.  Now they've introduced mandolins.  These things are really really good.  I'm thinking about keeping this one and selling my old Flatiron.  The chop is excellent, very clear, very open.  Workmanship is nice.  Very pretty, too.

Anyone else see these things around?  I don't think they are very common.  The first one we had sold in just a few days, so it must have been good, too.

Steve

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Re:Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #1 on: Aug 05, 2004, 01:40:47 AM »
Wow!  There are at least two models I'd love to try...lovely!

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Re:Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #2 on: Aug 06, 2004, 07:14:44 PM »
Steve:  As you know, I'm a mando picker 1st, and fiddler 2nd.  I'd love to hear one of these Eastmans.  Lots of discussion on mandolincafe.  

Any way you could up-load a sound file or link to a sound file?

I'd be interested in an A style since my Weber Yellowstone is a good F.  Still have my Maggini -- trade ya!  :D

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Re:Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #3 on: Aug 06, 2004, 08:23:21 PM »
Sigh.  Still no entry-intermediate A/H mandolas, though...

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Re:Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #4 on: Aug 06, 2004, 11:57:35 PM »
I actually have an A with F holes on order.  I had an MD615 come in.  Very nice sunbrust, fancy maple, excellent sound for a new mandolin.  I'm never sure of the best way to get clips up.  Easiest to play over the phone!

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Re:Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #5 on: Aug 08, 2004, 02:25:02 PM »
Now you have the shop, do you see yourself dealing in mandolins? It might be 18 months off but, I would lik eto come to one of the US Fiddle Hells and a mando is on my lists of wants in the next couple of years.

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Re:Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #6 on: Aug 08, 2004, 04:34:42 PM »
We've carried mandolins for years.  Just haven't listed them on line very much.  A better quality mandolin is well worth the money for a punchy bluegrass sound.  The MD615 in hand is exceptional in that regard, considering the price point.  

We've got 5 mandolins in at the moment, at least.  Maybe more.  We also have banjos.  

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Re:Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #7 on: Aug 10, 2004, 04:43:49 PM »
...you just make me want to live beside a music store...*grump*...I'd be willing to trade a chance to play various instruments in return for light housekeeping detail (I sweep a mean floor)...:D
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Re:Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #8 on: Aug 10, 2004, 04:45:08 PM »
...BTW...should anyone come across a very good, VERY cheap English Horn...let me know...LOL...it never ends...:)

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Re:Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #9 on: Aug 10, 2004, 04:52:56 PM »
Nox, you're certainly welcome to visit and learn violin work.

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Re:Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #10 on: Aug 10, 2004, 05:01:55 PM »
...careful what you offer...I think I'll be taking a little holiday when I graduate...:)

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Re: Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #11 on: Aug 27, 2004, 04:45:23 AM »
Be careful what you offer Steve! I may want to come and trade work for a fiddle! Need a paramedic in the shop?  ;D

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Re: Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #12 on: Aug 27, 2004, 01:30:35 PM »
I don't need a paramedic, but I could sure use some skillful help.  Violins don't twitch when cut into, which is nice.

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Re: Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #13 on: Aug 27, 2004, 11:47:46 PM »
Well, the skillful help rules me out! Although I am a quick learner.

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Re: Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #14 on: Jun 25, 2005, 07:18:14 PM »

I've gotten a second Eastman mandolin in the shop.  See www.eastmanguitars.com  Eastman is well known for violins.  I'm thinking about keeping this one and selling my old Flatiron.  The chop is excellent, very clear, very open.  Workmanship is nice.  Very pretty, too.

Anyone else see these things around?  I don't think they are very common.  The first one we had sold in just a few days, so it must have been good, too.

Steve

I bought an Eastman A style mando. We love it. For the price it's the best. I compared it against a wall of mandos. The salesman and I compared it to a $5400 mando. He freely admitted that the slight difference was not worth the extra $4700! My Eastman sounded better than mando's up to $2k.

Anyway, I really like the tone, and it's relatively loud and crisp. Has a cool brown violin finish, which at first I thought was ugly, now I really like the looks. So I highly recommend my Eastman ...

Funny thing about picking out a mando ...  The difference's between them are not as over whelming a difference as with violins. Each violin I tried varied tremendously. The difference between mando's was not nearly as over whelming.



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Re: Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #15 on: Jun 27, 2005, 05:08:45 PM »
Just curious -- what other brands did you put that Eastman up against?  I tried one out about a month ago at Elderly and the one I played didn't hold up to some that were on the wall there.  But they're getting some great reviews by players and dealers, so there are some good ones out there.

Nothing at Elderly beat the $9K Apitius in my opinion.  Very nice!  This wasn't one of the ones I am referring to above, though.  Just making a point on my favorite in their shop.

They also had a very nice F5G on the wall that I'd get if I could afford it now.

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Re: Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #16 on: Jun 27, 2005, 05:54:52 PM »
Just curious -- what other brands did you put that Eastman up against? 

I compared against Weber, Gibson, Michael Kelly, Collins, and others I can't remember names of.  I did like the Collins, but not enought to justify the extra couple of thousand dollars. I use the Mando as a third instrument to violin, guitar being second.

Mind you I'm not saying the Eastman sounded better than the higher end Mando's, but it holds it's own against them. We did like my Eastman better than anything up to the $2000 range. Remember that scroll adds nothing sound wise. But the scroll does make a good strap holder.  ;D

The difference between my Eastman and some high priced Mandos was slight. I know, hard to believe for a Mando I only paid $700 for. Maybe I got an especially good one?

Here's the model I got, the MD605:
http://www.eastmanstrings.com/eastmanmandolins/models/md605.html

Eastman Mandolin 600 Models
This fully hand-carved mandolin is handcrafted with a solid flamed maple back and sides and an aged spruce top. Upgrades include Schaller nickel plated tuners, a single-ply headstock, back binding, and 3-ply binding on top.



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Re: Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #17 on: Jun 27, 2005, 05:59:17 PM »
In addition to inherent variation in instruments, some shops do much more setup and optimization than others.  http://www.giannaviolins.com/eastmanmandolins/setup.html describes some of what we get into.  There are other things, of course.  The Eastman instruments respond well to these techniques, perhaps because they're my violin techniques and Eastmans are built by violin makers!  Here's my Eastman mando & guitar FAQ: http://www.giannaviolins.com/eastmanmandolins/faq.html

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Re: Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #18 on: Jun 27, 2005, 11:48:01 PM »
I bought an Eastman A style mando.

What model did you purchase?  Why do you like it?

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Re: Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #19 on: Jun 28, 2005, 12:23:13 AM »
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What model did you purchase?  Why do you like it?

Scroll up two posts for my model and info on my Eastman ...

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Re: Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #20 on: Jun 28, 2005, 12:31:12 AM »
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Scroll up two posts for my model and info on my Eastman ...

605

you should try the 905... awesome!

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Re: Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #21 on: Jun 28, 2005, 12:45:20 AM »
Some of these are really quite spectacular.  My friend Roscoe Morgan (fairly well known player - good fiddler too) has 2 of them.  You can hear him in background with Greenbrier on the new Bell Witch movie.  They've got 5 tunes.  http://www.bellwitchthemovie.com/

This was recorded before Roscoe got the Eastmans, I think.  I've gone through both of them.  They are quite nice.

Steve

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« Reply #22 on: Jun 28, 2005, 01:10:52 AM »
Personally, I think the Eastman mandolins are gorgeous.  I especially love the extra care and articulation in the 905 models...simply wonderful to play and to hold, sound can't be beat either

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Re: Eastman Mandolins
« Reply #23 on: Jun 28, 2005, 01:24:14 AM »
605

you should try the 905... awesome!

I did try a 905. Yes it's gorgeous. They had one in a natural wood. Stunning, sounded very good, but ... it did'nt sound $1000 better than mine. In fact I kept comparing back and forth, even did a test with my back turned while they were being played.  I choose my 605!

I'm very content with my 605. I'm not even day dreaming about the fancier models. Then again, I use it mostly for fun and to get violin fingering ideas.  ;D

The craftsmanship on these Eastmans is quite high. The claim is that they are hand made.

I'm convinced that a lot of the extra expensive in a mandolin goes towards fancy wood work.  Tone does not seem to increase in proportion to the dollars, the way it might with Violins.

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