Re: Eastman owners: are your turnners hard to turn?
My Eastman doesn't seem too stiff in the tuners. My finish looks decent too. On my previous 814, I had some crazing on the back of the body scroll, I never minded. People complain that Gibson has rougher finish under the fingerboard extension and inside the scroll. I'm not overly concerned with either of these. I'm happy with how comfortable the mandolin plays and how good it sounds.
I would also caution on using any oils as tuner lubricants as they just trap dust and create gunk in your machines. I use, on Paul Hosteter'srecommendation (see sub linked pages too!), Tri Flo an all silicone lubricant that won't gunk yer gears. In this linked page John Hamlett mentions Schallers can feel stiff...
I'll add the sub linked page here to Paul's Tuner Maintenance page. Good stuff.
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