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Jul-24-2005, 2:03pm
I had all my oval hole mandos out today, so I thought it was a good time for a family portrait. From left to right; Eastman MD-504, Gibson A-4 (1908), Howard Morris A-4 style.

John Flynn
Jul-24-2005, 4:57pm
Very cool, Rich. Can you give us a "compare and contrast" on the tone among the three?

Jul-24-2005, 5:28pm
Good question-- despite their similarity in appearance, they sound fairly different.

Gibson: very dark, loud, profound voice. Very strong bass, and that hollow, woody, kind of reverb-y sound that I think you only get from nearly 100 years of existence.

Eastman: More balanced, with good bass and clear trebles. Very loud, but more focused and less "tubby." It's a fairly new mandolin, and I expect it to gain more character over time.

Morris: Very balanced and more restrained in the volume department. A clear, mature voice, with subtlety and mellowness. Very good for jazz and celtic, decidely not a bluegrass axe.

Guitar Jeremy
Jul-24-2005, 11:54pm
You are a lucky Papa.