I bought an Eastman 615 after playing several. I chose this one based on sound alone. #I should have noticed the significant defect when I bought it. #Since then, it has been well played and I overlooked its obvious alignment issue. #Recently, I removed all the stings and the bridge pulled to one side as soon as the tension was slightly released. #I am concerned by the lateral force on the bridge. #It is difficult to get the bridge position just right. #This isn't right.
Here is a series of pictures illustrating the center line of my poor crooked Eastman mandolin.
The Eastman sounds great and has opened up nicely, but the uneven forces on the bridge aren't going to help it last. #What should I do? #What can I do? Thanks for your advice (please avoid the overseas manufacturing discussion).