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croonerexpress
Aug-03-2005, 3:57pm
Show me your Eastmans! A, F, Oval, 2 points. let's see'em.

croonerexpress
Aug-03-2005, 4:30pm
Heres my old one. I really regret getting rid of it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v344/rightsaidtom/MANDO.jpg

Lane Pryce
Aug-03-2005, 4:55pm
This was a 615 #40;wish I still had it to. Lp

Lane Pryce
Aug-03-2005, 4:56pm
Front

flairbzzt
Aug-03-2005, 5:15pm
Rare blonde 615 now gone....nice rear

flairbzzt
Aug-03-2005, 5:19pm
Frontage...

diamond ace
Aug-03-2005, 5:51pm
Here's my 815.

diamond ace
Aug-03-2005, 5:52pm
and my 615

JEStanek
Aug-03-2005, 8:59pm
Here's the back 814 #22

JEStanek
Aug-03-2005, 9:02pm
and the 3/4 frontal shot. I love it.
Jamie

eastcarterman
Aug-03-2005, 10:27pm
tell me how to get a picture on here and i will show you the 615 that has changed my life

croonerexpress
Aug-03-2005, 11:12pm
tell me how to get a picture on here and i will show you the 615 that has changed my life
well heres how I do it.

Just get the web link from where your pic is and copy it. Then when you reply here, click the image button and paste the link.


If you dont have an online place that you keep your pics just register at photobucket.com (or any other site like that) and upload your photos on to there. and they give you every kind of link for your pics you could possibly need.

Onesound
Aug-04-2005, 7:16am
Here is my 615:

http://home.comcast.net/~ab3hn/eastman615_frontfull.jpg
and
http://home.comcast.net/~ab3hn/eastman615_back.jpg

Zed
Aug-04-2005, 9:28am
[sorry, ftp problems, see later post]

Lane Pryce
Aug-04-2005, 12:06pm
Zeek that 815 sure is sweet! Just curoious how is the chop on that baby? Lp

barricwiley
Aug-04-2005, 12:26pm
Well, here is my MD515 #2
Richard

mpeknox
Aug-04-2005, 5:35pm
My 605

http://216.77.188.54/coDataImages/p/Groups/11/11102/folders/181935/1354350back.jpg

Guitar Jeremy
Aug-04-2005, 8:46pm
Great thread.

Zed
Aug-04-2005, 9:53pm
Zeek that 815 sure is sweet! Just curoious how is the chop on that baby? #Lp
Thanks, JLP! It has a sharp and cutting chop. It's "woof" is a bit on the high side of the frequency scale, i'd say. It will hopefully develop a bit more thunk in the low end as time goes on, but it's not bad now. It's always hard to tell on a new set of strings, too. They're so bright. It's most certainly LOUD! I really have to ease off it when i'm singing or it'll over power me, especially when we use our LD mics.

I am amazed at this mando, i'll tell ya that.

Zed
Aug-04-2005, 9:55pm
Here is my 615:
That is a gorgeous back on that 615, Onesound... gorgeous.

Zed
Aug-04-2005, 9:59pm
Roscoe and Gabe... how would you guys describe the chop on your 815s? Have either of you had any additional work done on yours in the way of top tuning or anything like that?

RichM
Aug-04-2005, 10:15pm
I've posted these elsewhere, but no harm in seeing them again... here's my 615:

RichM
Aug-04-2005, 10:16pm
... and here's my 504:

RichM
Aug-04-2005, 10:17pm
... the 504 from the back...

RichM
Aug-04-2005, 10:21pm
...and finally, the 504 with some like-minded friends:

RichM
Aug-04-2005, 10:51pm
...oh, and here's my first ever Eastman, since sold. It's an early prototype, with no model number and no serial number. It was a little rougher around the edges than some, but it sure sounded good...

Lane Pryce
Aug-05-2005, 7:34am
Nice headstock on the 504. Lp

metalmandolin
Aug-05-2005, 8:43am
Zed,

The chop on my 815 is very punctuated and hits the mike very well. Reminds me of a really loud Stiver I owned once upon a time. Plenty of depth and volume.
My 615 is a bit rounder in tone, great for solo stuff and dawg music, and has that cool Mike Compton vibe when you play at the sweet spot. Very long sustain, while the 815 is a bit shorter, just enough for bluegrass music.
I am blessed to own such a formidable pair of mandolins!

Lane Pryce
Aug-05-2005, 8:57am
Anyone playing a 915?Just curious as to how close they come to the "Gibson" sound. Lp

JEStanek
Aug-05-2005, 10:26am
I'm not sure if the 915 will sound much better than the 615, or 815... the main differnce is the flame on the woods. They have the same schaller (nickel then gold) tuners and tailpieces.. The only tonal differences across models is the variation of each one, and maybe some bracing differences between the parallel and X braced specimens.

diamond ace
Aug-06-2005, 3:35pm
Zed,

I think the chop on my 815 is great, but I may be a little parcial because It's mine and I love it. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif I've been told I have a very loud precusive chop before by other people and sometimes the "chop" is in the player as much as the mandolin. In my opinion (and everyone has their own) It chops great and the tone is killer. It mics very well too.

We have a few sound bites recorded from a live show radio broadcast a few months back. They are on our web site under "music samples". It was recorded and mixed by the guy who didi the sound at the show and he just gave us a copy. We had nothing to do with the mixing. I'ts live, not studio posished but you can get a fiar idea of how the cho and tone come across a P.A. system.

Visit The Wind Riders link below to hear the samples.

Zed
Aug-07-2005, 1:17am
Thanks, Gabriel... I agree most of a good chop lies in your hands. I think some mandos tho do have a better capacity for that low end woof. Mine is getting there!

Roscoe, thanks also. My 815 experience seems to be pretty close to yours. It's opening up more all the time, tho. It's really gonna be (and is) a cannon!

Lane Pryce
Aug-08-2005, 8:05am
Hey Gabe!!!That really is an exceptional sounding 815.Thanks for the links!!! Lp

chinamando
Aug-13-2005, 11:19pm
MD-615 #109
Sunburst...combined with classic varnish finish??

JEStanek
Aug-14-2005, 12:34am
Chinamando, she's a beaut!

Jamie

Zed
Aug-14-2005, 11:27am
Sorry for the duplication... had FTP trouble so had to redo my pic....

815 upper, 515 lower...

RWB
Aug-26-2005, 5:48pm
Here is my new 615 #37. #I got it from, MaCabe's in L.A. It's been set up by Steve Perry of Friendsville, TN. #Steve can really improve something that is already good to begin with. #Thanks again Steve !
RB

RWB
Aug-26-2005, 5:51pm
Here is the back of # 37. #The picture really doesn't do it justice. #It's got a real nice flamed back. Any suggestions on the "Pick Click" thing http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif or is it just me.
RB

RWB
Aug-26-2005, 6:28pm
Here's a better shot (inside the house) of #37.
RB

diamond ace
Aug-31-2005, 5:43pm
man thats beutiful! I love the top. The pick click can be removed by removing some frets at the end of the fingerboard extension and the carving down the actual finger board. I suprised to see yours has frets all the way up the neck. both of mine were Scalopped when I got them.

good_ol_al_61
Aug-31-2005, 5:49pm
Well, sign me up as the latest newcomer to the Eastman family.

I played this 615 for about 2 hours before I took a picture to post.

Pic 1

good_ol_al_61
Aug-31-2005, 5:53pm
Pic 2 of 3

good_ol_al_61
Aug-31-2005, 5:54pm
Pic 3 of 3

RWB
Aug-31-2005, 7:47pm
Gabriel ..... Just finished visiting your site and listening to you play. #Sounds great ! #I probably should have had the fingerboard scooped out when Steve Perry was setting it up. #I really don't want to go through the time and expense of sending it back there. #Does anyone know of someone in Southern Cal. that could do this work for me?
Thanks,
RWB

diamond ace
Aug-31-2005, 9:09pm
Ive done it on several mandolins myself and I'm sure you could if you were willing to tackle it. But if not I'm sure theirs lots of great sey up men or luthiers in your area who could do it.

Thanks for the complement by the way. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

What did you think of the site?

RWB
Aug-31-2005, 9:50pm
Gab ...... Let me get back to you on the site. just finished dinner and have a family committment.
RWB

jasona
Aug-31-2005, 10:03pm
Does anyone know of someone in Southern Cal. that could do this work for me?
Thanks,
RWB
Larry Brown, but he's usually in high demand and has a full schedule. They've a mando guy at McCabes, and the Folk Music Center in Claremont can do work like that too (they are fixing a coworker's 100 year old Washburn OO right now).

Zed
Aug-31-2005, 10:18pm
Nice new site, Gabe... Glad to see the sound samples still going.

JEStanek
Sep-01-2005, 7:54am
Gryphon Strings in Palo Alto, CA (I know it's in SF Bay area but I would trust them with mine in a heartbeat. See Frank Ford's page on Frets.com (http://www.frets.com/FRETSPages/Luthier/Technique/Mandolin/DropTongue/droptongue.html)

Jamie

RWB
Sep-01-2005, 6:29pm
Thanks to all for the So. Cal. finger board scoop recommendations. I'll contact McCabe's and my brother actually resides in the bay area. Maybe it's time for a visit. I know Randy Allen is up in Cofax (east of Sacramento) as well. Good quality tail pieces.

Gab .... Your web site. Really enjoy the sound clips. Clear and provides a great sound of the Eastmans as well your great playing ability. Also, I like the drawnings. My guess is someone close has the ability to capture you pretty good. Now, if you could get the pictures of your 615 & 815 as clear as the sound clips, all would look great. Just my thoughts.
RWB

Eugene
Sep-02-2005, 3:06pm
...and finally, the 504 with some like-minded friends:
A bit removed from the topic at hand, but I really like the old, low-bridge Gibsons with the inlaid scratchplate. What year is your A-4, Rich, 1907 perhaps?

RichM
Sep-02-2005, 5:32pm
Close, it's a 1908. I'd check the serial number for you, but sadly, I have since sold it.

flairbzzt
Sep-05-2005, 5:31pm
My new 615 w/radiused fingerboard (no extension)in "Buckskin"..

flairbzzt
Sep-05-2005, 5:32pm
The rear...

Lane Pryce
Sep-06-2005, 8:28am
Great looking mandolin.I really like the color. Lp

B. T. Walker
Sep-06-2005, 4:55pm
Like the buckskin. Very nice looking. Enjoy.

flairbzzt
Sep-10-2005, 9:34am
Better Buckskin Back shot...

Chadah77
Sep-17-2005, 10:10pm
Here's mine. 615 from Steve at Gianna's. I love it.

ffxcowboy
Sep-22-2005, 8:37am
Her she is ... my 915 dream!

Zed
Sep-22-2005, 8:55am
That's really gawjus, Ron... I'm usually not that crazy about blondes but this one could turn my head. What's she sound like?

flairbzzt
Sep-22-2005, 9:05am
Ron-No fair! No fair!

ffxcowboy
Sep-22-2005, 9:31am
Zeek, She's the best sounding mandolin I've ever owned. Opening up beautifully with the a bit of bearing down. Super clear highs, nice gutsy chop - and no indistinct notes. Everything rips out of her. God, mandolins are such good buddies at the end of a crazy day.

Lane Pryce
Sep-22-2005, 10:19am
I have a thing for blondes. Did I say that is an incredible
F5. Congrats----Lp

Graceman59
Oct-17-2005, 1:11pm
Here is my 615 #170 J75 strings Great sounding instrument

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a103/Graceman59/Eastman5.jpg

otterly2k
Oct-17-2005, 2:44pm
Hey folks,
Just wanted to share that I've played several Eastmans... liked some, didn't like others... but recently played an asymmetrical two-point that I thought was better than any of the others I've played...it's at Mandolin Brothers (Staten Island) waiting for a home. NFI

f5joe
Oct-17-2005, 4:30pm
This is my 815:

http://www.lilypix.com/photos/data/1f0e3dad99908345f7439f8ffabdffc4/76_p40443.jpg

Ken Berner
Oct-18-2005, 8:15am
Good grief Joe, that is really pretty. I suppose you are giving it no rest whatsoever!

f5joe
Oct-18-2005, 12:33pm
Actually, none of them get played enough. Banjo = My True Love these days. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

John Zimm
Oct-18-2005, 3:47pm
Banjo = My True Love these days.
Ooooh, fightin' words. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

f5loar
Oct-18-2005, 8:41pm
What's the price on the new 915? Are they all blonde?
And why do some 615 have bound F holes and others don't?
F5Joe, might as well go ahead and show us the full frontal shot.

f5joe
Oct-19-2005, 7:00am
OK Thomasito, here's a front shot:

http://www.lilypix.com/photos/data/1f0e3dad99908345f7439f8ffabdffc4/76_p40438.jpg

http://www.lilypix.com/photos/data/1f0e3dad99908345f7439f8ffabdffc4/76_p40146.jpg

f5joe
Oct-19-2005, 7:03am
Tom:

The 915's come in blonde and sunburst. I think they street at around $2k.

Early on there were a bunch of 615's built to 815 specs. Don't know why. I had one and it was killer.

noloarjoe

ShaneJ
Oct-19-2005, 8:17am
Banjo = My True Love these days. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif
We'll be praying for you, Joe. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Lane Pryce
Oct-19-2005, 8:24am
I had a 615 #40 for a year or so and I too thought it was a very good mandolin. The only minor thing I disliked was the cheesey looking tailpiece and the fact that the Eastman hole pattern was not standard. Lp

f5joe
Oct-19-2005, 10:27am
Banjo = My True Love these days. # http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif
We'll be praying for you, Joe. #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
You'd better pray. Ain't no tallent here boys.

good_ol_al_61
Oct-19-2005, 7:51pm
I just added a 614 to my stable.

Thanks to Mike Harris for his help and patience. AND thanks to Dennis at the Mandolin Store for a smooth transaction. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

good_ol_al_61
Oct-19-2005, 7:52pm
The Back

flairbzzt
Oct-19-2005, 10:37pm
Wow!-So how does it sound vs your 615?

Zed
Oct-19-2005, 10:39pm
Doggone it, Al...... that 614 gives me MAS! I'll have to have one someday... dang. What's she sound like?

Hey Joe... what's that new 815 sound like? Tell us about it.

good_ol_al_61
Oct-20-2005, 5:47am
Zeek & Richard:

Thanks for your comments. The 614 is a completely different tool for the job. Others have commented about that "tubby" sound in the ovals and now I know what they mean. The 614's sustain is incredible - about 4 times as long when I timed it on the bass side. Sustain on the treble side is pretty comparable between the two.

The connection point of the fretboard being at the 12th fret takes a bit to get used to because I like to play above the 7th quite often. But this one make me want to concentrate on extending my runs on the base strings all the way to the nut....because now you can hear those notes loud and clear.

Ask me more questions. I'll post back often. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Lane Pryce
Oct-20-2005, 8:38am
Wow that is a real nice F4. Very classy. Lp

f5joe
Oct-20-2005, 11:34am
Zed, the 815 sounds pretty darn good or I wouldn't have bought it. #It's hard to describe. #It has a very pleasing and powerful tone: #deep, dark and throaty. #Is it equal to my Dude and Duff? #No, but still highly desirable. #I play it often.

flairbzzt
Oct-20-2005, 11:44am
OK, another mandolin, or a holiday gift for the wife.... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

f5joe
Oct-20-2005, 11:54am
OK, another mandolin, or a holiday gift for the wife.... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif
That hasn't worked here in a LONG time. Good luck with it. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

good_ol_al_61
Oct-21-2005, 8:22am
Here is the whole family, with one in the oven. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Zed
Oct-21-2005, 10:14am
Zed, the 815 sounds pretty darn good or I wouldn't have bought it. #It's hard to describe. #It has a very pleasing and powerful tone: #deep, dark and throaty. #Is it equal to my Dude and Duff? #No, but still highly desirable. #I play it often.
Wow... i'm (once again) impressed that a man who owns a Dude and Duff finds an Eastman up to snuff. And i believe it.

Zed
Oct-21-2005, 10:16am
with one in the oven.
Ok Al.. what does this mean, exactly, hmmm? Don't tell me you have a FOURTH Eastman on the way??

JEStanek
Oct-21-2005, 10:25am
See his signature line quote...

Arches A Style on order

I am to so jealous.

Burner
Oct-21-2005, 2:03pm
Al that is a beautiful lineup. Love the blackface!!!

good_ol_al_61
Oct-23-2005, 2:37pm
Thanks Guys!

I have been out of pocket since Friday. I just got back from Miami making sure my daughter and grandson were ready for the storm. All is well and my son-in-law is in Texas working and can't get back.

As for the "one in the oven", the Arches is going to be great. Chris and I have emailed each other enough that it is going to be a snakehead copy with a fern inlay. I will have some other candy added so that it will be a real looker. But we are still about a year away before I can post anything.

I am going to post a "picture of your baby" in the pictures forum so I can show off my grandson.

Sorry for the shameless plug, but I am still gushing after a few days holding that precious little man. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

f5loar
Nov-09-2005, 11:27pm
Okay guys count me in with a set of Eastman twins:
A blonde 815 and a burnette 815. I'll leave one in the trunk of the car at all times. You never know when you will drive up on a pickin' session. Where are they getting the maple for these things? I thought China only had the foo-foo trees. These offer a lot bang for the buck.

EastmanGordon
Nov-10-2005, 10:08am
Joe,
It's not really maple, it's actually top of the line Foo Foo as you most accurately noted. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
Gordon
ps. Lovely trees those Foo Foos especially at this time of the year when the leaves turn.

Steven Stone
Nov-10-2005, 10:11am
[I'll leave one in the trunk of the car at all times. ]
http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif

Would YOU like to live in the trunk of a car?

Rule #1 of instrument care is to never, ever, leave an instrument in the trunk of a car. The cold will make the finish crack, while the summer heat will make the glue give way. Finally your local car thief will break in and steal it.

There's only one instrument I'd even think about keeping in the trunk of my car.

No, its not a banjo.

My CA guitar is impervious to climatic extremes, but still, I'd rather not have it stolen.

Bill Van Liere
Nov-10-2005, 10:32am
Maybe Rainsong should start building mandolins.

Thier guitars sound pretty good

f5loar
Nov-10-2005, 11:28am
It will be protected in a Leaf case. Car sits in heated garage most of the time anyway. The rule of thumb is don't leave home without your mandolin. Dewey Farmer taught me that years ago. How many times have you gone down a country road and a pretty summer day to see some backporch pickers and wished you had that mandolin with you. I heard the Eastmans use that hide glue.

Bill Van Liere
Nov-10-2005, 11:47am
When I lived in Northern Michigan I keep my Flatiron Jr behind the seat (window down parked in the shade) of my old pick-up truck. The moments I ran into someone who said "Ya wanna do some pickin" and was able to do so were worth every penny of the $380.00 I paid for that mandolin. The mandolin is in fine shape today.
Now back to those Eastmans. I continue to be impressd whenever I see/hear one. Thinking about checking out thier archtop guitars sometime soon.

pick up the world
May-21-2006, 2:20pm
Thats my Eastman 615

pick up the world
May-21-2006, 2:25pm
might you've seen the custom TRC in the pic before. Thanx again to Bill nichols. You cant see it that good. Its a crow

Here's the back

littledonnie
May-21-2006, 11:16pm
My first mandolin, hopefully not my last.

James P
May-22-2006, 8:57am
Here's my 615, sn#157. #I call her "Vera."
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/JPToon/Eastys.jpg

This guy, he's an 804CE, #37.
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/JPToon/Eastys1.jpg
Really, one of the nicest necks I've ever played.

James P
May-22-2006, 9:42am
Vera's not the best sounding mando, or even Eastman mando, that I've played. #Once the strings are played-in she sounds warm and dark. #Not much of a belltone celtic "ringer," but a great chopper. #

That's the guitar case in the picture. #Vera came with the violin style case, which I actually prefer. #Showing up to a gig with a "brace" of black-cased Eastys would be cool, tho'. # http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif #

I love that guitar. #The stock setup was perfect. #Tone is surprisingly variable depending upon the strings I'm using, and which amp and whatnot. #I think it could do just about anything, style-wise. #It's owner is another issue entirely...

csstanley
May-22-2006, 10:53am
Here's my 515.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v610/csstanley/IM000009.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v610/csstanley/IM000008.jpg

DryBones
May-22-2006, 7:38pm
James, that Vera pic just became my new desktop! classic! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

jackofall
Jun-01-2006, 5:25pm
... the 504 from the back...
Are you sure that's a 504? I thought the 504/505 etc didn't have back edge binding. My 504 certainly doesn't.

Could yours be a 604?

I'm probably just crazy...

RichM
Jun-01-2006, 6:19pm
... the 504 from the back...
Are you sure that's a 504? I thought the 504/505 etc didn't have back edge binding. My 504 certainly doesn't.

Could yours be a 604?

I'm probably just crazy...
Wow, I posted that nearly a year ago!

That mandolin (since sold) was labelled as a 504. However, it had all features of a 604, so it was either mislabeled, or someone at the Eastman plant decided to build one fine looking 504 that day.

DryBones
Jun-01-2006, 8:17pm
so when you sold it...did you get 504 or 604 money for it? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

jam4ar
Jun-18-2006, 8:25pm
My New Eastman 505, The first of many... hopefully :-)

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b59/jam4ar/IMG_5296.jpg

jimini_pickit
Jun-18-2006, 10:21pm
Here's my Father's Day gift...an MD815! I just fell in love with the sunbursts (sunsets, I call 'em) on front and back.

I took a couple of pictures under a N. Carolina sunset and haven't had time to resize them, etc to make them fit here, before we head out of town on vacation in the morning, so I'll just post links here of the front...

http://www.geocities.com/jimbobebob/MD815_0008.JPG

...and the back

http://www.geocities.com/jimbobebob/MD815_0002.JPG

Now I just can't wait for this week to fly by so I can get back and play it!

-jp

chinamando
Jul-20-2006, 1:57pm
Here is my MD915 from the 06 Winter NAMM. #It has pearl block inlays and curly maple binding.

chinamando
Jul-20-2006, 2:01pm
Here is the back of the MD 915 from W Namm 06, Incredible flame, very "3-D"

Lane Pryce
Jul-20-2006, 2:06pm
Ed thats a very nice looking 915. Has it a good setup? Lp

chinamando
Jul-20-2006, 2:08pm
Here's a closeup of the fingerboard and scroll and the binding...

chinamando
Jul-20-2006, 2:25pm
Ed thats a very nice looking 915. Has it a good setup? Lp
Thanks for looking LP

The setup was pretty good, it sounds great, projects well, sustains better than any Eastman that I've had or played, has a purer sound that sings for solos but has that underlying growl, not grittiness to it. #It is very very versatile, I play some bluegrass, newgrass, alternative, classical (mostly Bach), and jazz with it. I am very pleased with it! #I might have Steve Perry take a look at it or have someone in my area do another setup on it, just to see if it can be even better.

Lane Pryce
Jul-21-2006, 7:29am
Just my two but Steve's familarity with the entire Eastman line would make him the only choice. He has the Eastman setup down-pat. Lp

JEStanek
Jul-21-2006, 7:32am
Of the mando set ups I have had (limited to three shops -FOTW, a Local e-guitar wiz, Weber, and Steve) Steve's was the best. Weber probably would have done better if I had specified lower action (my fault). Steve really is a great set up guy regardless of make or model. He's not even paying me to write this!

Jamie

chinamando
Jul-24-2006, 10:43pm
Oh here used to be my two pointer, since sold.

chinamando
Jul-24-2006, 10:46pm
sorry...forgot the pic.

chinamando
Jul-24-2006, 10:47pm
the back of the MD805 2 point

latentaudio
Jul-25-2006, 8:17am
(part of) my new 604.

http://k53.pbase.com/o4/02/346402/1/63641530.Chkx7nYd.IMG_7159bww2.jpg

gnelson651
Jul-25-2006, 7:40pm
805 #59A Prototype

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l246/gnelson651/Eastman805Adbl1.jpg

cooper4205
Aug-02-2006, 11:41pm
i had to join the eastman family. here is my new 504- nice, tubby tone and looks to match

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/wesb4217/oval1stnd.jpg

DryBones
Aug-03-2006, 7:01am
is that a neo-tech strap or just quick connects for a guitar on a mando strap?

cooper4205
Aug-03-2006, 7:10am
it's a two-piece mandolin strap (the kind that is held together with buckle) that i took apart and attached the quick connects to

vfont
Aug-06-2006, 6:18am
Here's mine:

http://www.fontlife.com/mando/image0004.jpg

http://www.fontlife.com/mando/image0001.jpg

Joe-TN
Aug-06-2006, 4:40pm
Our Eastman 515:

http://www.pbase.com/joe_tn/image/58088950/original.jpg
http://www.pbase.com/joe_tn/image/58088951/original.jpg

big h
Aug-06-2006, 6:17pm
how do you like the 515?is it loud?does it have a good chop?

mangorockfish
Aug-07-2006, 5:57am
Joe TN, the back on that suckerbill is BEAUTIFUL!!!

Joe-TN
Aug-07-2006, 6:31am
Big H,

I do like the 515, but I don't have a lot to compare it to, and don't play well enough to be a good judge. Steve Perry did a set-up on it, and it sounded pretty good to me when he played it.

Mangorockfish,

It is pretty wood for sure. I think Eastman tends to put good figure even in the low end mandolins, and the finish is nicely done and not too thick, which also helps.

Joe

Uncle Choppy
Aug-19-2006, 10:51am
Here's my Eastman 805 that I bought a couple of months ago.

I'd set my heart on an F-style but ended up with this as it sounded "fuller" than the 515 and 615 I tried. The shop assistant described it as having more of an "old-time" sound as opposed to the more contemporary brightness of the 615.

I'm not to sure why I ended up with an 8 series as I prefer plainer timber and don't like gold hardware!

In retrospect I might have been better off holding back for a similar sounding 505 or 605 (I've read here that the higher grade Eastmans do not necessarily sound any better than the cheaper ones). That way I could have put the difference toards a 504!

http://www.brendanashbrook.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/eastman805_1.jpg

http://www.brendanashbrook.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/eastman805_2.jpg

http://www.brendanashbrook.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/eastman805_3.jpg

James P
Aug-19-2006, 11:05am
I'm not to sure why I ended up with an 8 series as I prefer plainer timber and don't like gold hardware!
"Sounds" like you bought with your ears instead of your eyes. Smart move. Still, to my eyes, that is a dead sexy mandolin. Nice pictures too.

big h
Aug-19-2006, 11:14am
sweet!i think eastmans are some of the pretty est #mandolins i'v ever seen!http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Uncle Choppy
Aug-19-2006, 6:07pm
"Sounds" like you bought with your ears instead of your eyes. #Smart move. #Still, to my eyes, that is a dead sexy mandolin. #Nice pictures too.
Thanks James.

I suppose I for once, I did buy with my ears (unlike my many guitar purchases where I was hearing with my eyes!).

What is unusual is that the "buy with our ears" advice usually refers to not purchasing a fancy looking instrument when there are nicer sounding plain ones about. I seem to have done the opposite and gone for the mandolin with more "bling" as that one sounded best to me, despite not liking look!

Anyway, I'm enjoying playing it, which is the main thing. I've actually had no regrets in choosing an A-style and only occasionally suffer with mild scroll envy.

I'd still love an Eastman F-style but feel that if I were to buy a second mandolin, I'd be better to keep on saving and eventually get something like a Capek A4 (definitely no bling on one of those!).

Blewgrasser
Aug-20-2006, 3:47pm
Just got this 615


http://members.cox.net/sforcier/eastman/002.jpg
http://members.cox.net/sforcier/eastman/005.jpg[B]

cooper4205
Aug-20-2006, 4:42pm
that 805 sure is sharp

roberto
Oct-15-2006, 8:24am
815 Varnish #393

LKN2MYIS
Oct-16-2006, 9:39am
904D

IBMA - 13

Really wasn't prepared to like this one as much as I do. It plays like butter, sounds incredible, and is a beauty.

I'd buy another Eastman in a heartbeat.

LKN2MYIS
Oct-16-2006, 9:40am
Real happy with this instrument.

Bob Borzelleri
Oct-16-2006, 11:04am
It's been a while since I posted an image here, but didn't there used to be an "Add Attachment" or similar option on the reply page?

molecan
Oct-16-2006, 11:54am
Here's my new baby, Eastman 504, serial number 5.

http://web.mit.edu/molecan/www/MD504-SN5_1.JPG

http://web.mit.edu/molecan/www/MD504-SN5_2.JPG

Not my photos, I'll have to take a few shots. These are a bit more reddish than the finish is.

Surprisingly nice instrument, certainly the nicest sounder/looker I've ever owned. I'm pleased as punch in a bowl.



-Coleman

DryBones
Oct-16-2006, 3:55pm
Coleman,
You've got binding on the back and front...me thinks this is a 604 like mine. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Yellowmandolin
Oct-16-2006, 6:04pm
Jason, I remember someone saying that the really early Eastmans may have had fancier things like back binding even on the 500 series. I don't know for sure, but someone else may be able to...

JEStanek
Oct-16-2006, 7:48pm
I'm pretty sure I remember the very early ones came with a hodge podge of features. Some of the 5xx mandos had full binding...

Jamie

big h
Oct-16-2006, 8:07pm
I just wish they had head stock in lays http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif

Bill Snyder
Oct-16-2006, 9:21pm
It's been a while since I posted an image here, but didn't there used to be an "Add Attachment" or similar option on the reply page?
To add a photo use the ADD REPLY button near the top or bottom of the thread. Type your text and then you can use the BROWSE button to find your image on your computer to upload to the cafe.
If the image is one that you are going to link to you can use the Quick Reply box at the bottom of the thread and click the Image button and enter the URL for the site containing the photo.

Bob Borzelleri
Oct-16-2006, 10:11pm
Ms. 615 with a couple of her friends...

Bob Borzelleri
Oct-16-2006, 10:14pm
OK girls, turn around...

Bob Borzelleri
Oct-16-2006, 10:16pm
It's been a while since I posted an image here, but didn't there used to be an "Add Attachment" or similar option on the reply page?
To add a photo use the ADD REPLY button near the top or bottom of the thread. Type your text and then you can use the BROWSE button to find your image on your computer to upload to the cafe.
If the image is one that you are going to link to you can use the Quick Reply box at the bottom of the thread and click the Image button and enter the URL for the site containing the photo.
Thanks Bill...

As it turned out, I was using a browser (Opera) that was not allowing the attachment link to appear. Thanks again.

...Bob

molecan
Oct-17-2006, 1:43pm
Coleman,
You've got binding on the back and front...me thinks this is a 604 like mine. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
Yep, its certainly a 504, despite the binding on the back and headstock, It's labeled as such inside.


The guy I bought it from referred to it as a 'custom', but AFAIK it was just an early stock model.
I was thinking it was a 604 that perhaps didnt pass muster,amd was down-labled.
(there is a smudge in the varnish on the front left side below the bridge moving toward the side.)
Almost looks like it was caused by someones hand playing the instrument before the finish set.


In fact, the smudge, and the finish at the front of the bridge looks just like the 504 RichM posted in August 2005 in this thread
http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/uploads/post-15-11810-504_1.JPG

I wonder if he sold it to the guy who sold it to me??? I guess I'll ask em.

-Coleman



- Added Later

Well, it turns out that my Eastman is in fact the 504 RichM was the owner of. Neat-o

diamond ace
Nov-08-2006, 9:37am
Our band just finished recording a new album on which I used my 815 for all the cuts. I think this mandolin is a little over a year old now. You can hear some sound samples HERE and their are some others on our website "music" page. I'm not totaly pleased with the recording but who ever is? I think the mandolin records pretty well though.

See what you think.HERE (http://cdbaby.com/cd/windriders)

guitharsis
Nov-08-2006, 7:23pm
Nice, Gabriel!

Greenmando
Nov-09-2006, 12:41pm
Can't believe I did not see this thread before. Here is my 804d. She plays like silk.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b109/ferretkona/Mandolins/804d4.jpghttp://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b109/ferretkona/Mandolins/804d2.jpg

LKN2MYIS
Nov-09-2006, 1:36pm
VERY similar to my 904D I posted earlier.

I simply LOVE it.

nashvillebill
Nov-09-2006, 6:26pm
Just got this last week- from Mark Lacey- a guitar builder who got it from the Eastman factory while there doing some consulting for them for their archtop guitars. He said it was the first 615 with a radiused fretboard. There is no serial number, model number sticker or any other markings on it. After a bit more setup work it plays like a dream!
NashvilleBill

Troyer
Dec-09-2006, 8:42pm
Here is my MD 515 #450 I bought from Gianna violins a couple months ago.Steve hand picked this one for me and what a pick. I coundn't be happier with it. Just put expj75 on it and it really puts out the sound and bark now. Thanks Steve for the great service and quality instrument.

Troyer
Dec-09-2006, 9:07pm
Ok we'll try this again.

good_ol_al_61
Dec-10-2006, 9:30pm
Here's my 615 bought from Dennis at the Mandolin Store and Mandovoodooed ® by Steve at Gianna Violins. A great combination to say the least. I think the blackface is unique. There is a little too much black on the back, but you can see the fine tiger striping of the maple back. I continue to receive fine compliments from the older bluegrass generation on the tone. That really let's me know that a mid-priced asian instrument does have a place in bluegrass.

RichM
Dec-14-2006, 8:46pm
Been meaning to post a photo of these two fine fellows...

JEStanek
Dec-14-2006, 9:10pm
RichM, the golden age is about my favorite Eastman finish. Good looking 614! That 815 looks nice too.

Jamie

RichM
Dec-14-2006, 9:33pm
Good looking 614! #That 815 looks nice too.
Good call on the model numbers-- right on both counts!

cooper4205
Dec-15-2006, 3:52pm
here's my newly acquired 515, it's a great little F5 mandolin. i really like the sunburst they do

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/wesb4217/eastmancafe2.jpg
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/wesb4217/eastmancafe1.jpg

big h
Dec-23-2006, 12:37pm
Sorry i dont know how to post a pic,but heres the link.Great little mandlin.

# http://www.giannaviolins.com/esmando/inv/515-529.html

DonQuixote
Dec-26-2006, 6:39pm
Just wanted to pop in and say this thread is awesome. Just got a long-awaited upgrade to an 815. Very happy to see it belongs to such an elite, attractive family. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif I'd post a picture but I have none... But it is really a relief to hear such rave reviews from other Eastman owners. Glad I chose well!

tander
Dec-28-2006, 3:46pm
This is my first post so I thought I might as well show my mandolin. I had it about a month and love it. It is a Eastman 515 that I bought off eBay. I am a guitar player that is trying to turn mando player. I have really picked up some good info on this site and now have hardly picked up my guitar. Thanks to all that contribute.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-11/508822/SCEAR-Mandolin003.jpg

Spruce
Dec-28-2006, 5:01pm
Very interesting looking at all that Chinese maple in this thread...

Here's another...
#007... # http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

hanknc
Jan-01-2007, 6:42pm
Here's my new humble 505 handpicked from a big ol' pile of Eastmans at Gianna. It's humble but it's my little F5 killer! This will cure acute Gibsonitis in most cases!

http://images.lilypix.com/albums/userpics/10023/normal_DSC00710.JPG
http://images.lilypix.com/albums/userpics/10023/normal_DSC00709.JPG

tater71
Jan-03-2007, 10:39pm
The 614 golden age of richm's is amazing. That is the only other mandolin I really crave, except maybe for a blonde 914 with a blank fretboard and koa binding and rosette. I have a 615 right now and it is nice: the only mandolin I have ever had and I plan on it being my life partner. But, one of those short scale oval holes would be nice.

joep
Jan-05-2007, 6:01am
My MD915, with a serial number just one away from chinamando's own 915.. Namm0602.

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q173/thejow/IMG_2534.jpg http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q173/thejow/IMG_2535.jpg

The Old Sarge
Jan-10-2007, 8:36pm
This is my first time to try and post a picture on this forum and I hope it works. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

I don't guess there is much special about this Eastman 615, except to me, but it is my first mandolin and just arrived about noon today. Now I have to learn to play the thing.

good_ol_al_61
Jan-11-2007, 6:54am
Sarge:

Your first mandolin? You are going to love what you have, I'm sure. Did you get it from Steve? If you did then it's ready to play.

Best Wishes on your mando journey!

The Old Sarge
Jan-11-2007, 7:58am
Sarge:

Your first mandolin? You are going to love what you have, I'm sure. Did you get it from Steve? If you did then it's ready to play.

Best Wishes on your mando journey!
I did get it from Steve and had him do the mandovoodoo process as part of the set up (in for a penny, in for a pound). He was a pleasure to talk to and actually took my order while he was out of town right after Christmas. To my uneducated ear it sounds great and was in near perfect tune (according to the Intellitouch tuner my wife gave me for Christmas knowing I was going to purchase an instrument soon).

Thanks for your best wishes on what I expect to be an interesting journey. I really caught the mandolin bug bad back in October and this site has been a wealth of knowledge and helpfulness. I appreciate reading everyone's opinions and hope that I can make a positive contribution someday.

Eric F.
Jan-11-2007, 10:20am
Congrats on your first mandolin, Old Sarge. Play it with joy.

Shayne Black
Jan-19-2007, 1:54pm
This is my first post and my first mandolin, a 915 I purchased locally just before Christmas. I've played the guitar for about twenty years and have been heavy into flatpicking for the last several so naturally it was only a matter of time before the mandolin bug bit me!

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/128/362699907_76d3c0a34c.jpg

Lane Pryce
Jan-19-2007, 2:40pm
Shane nice mandolin and welcome to the cafe. Lp

swiba
Jan-28-2007, 11:43am
Here is Brett and his Eastman.