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    Re: NMD - Eastman 514

    Yes, the 514 body is thinner, like an original Gibson F-2 (or F-4). My bandmate has a 514 and I really like it.

    Surprised you can't fit it in the case with a tone gard. My bandmate has one on his...
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    Re: Why So Few Resonator Mandolins?

    Have a Recording King. Recently got it from a band mate. Immedately put on extra light strings to try and make the action tolerable. For me, it works if we're playing in a larger hall with multiple...
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    Re: Shopgoodwill.com Eastman 604

    If I remember correctly, the balanced XLR jack was an option for the Schertler reso-coil pickup. You can still order them from Schertler that way.
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    Re: 2-point Orpheum branded Strad-O-lin on eBay

    Thanks! And good to know the 1935 date. As I said earlier, that looks identical to my older model. So at least I now have a ballpark date to use. The blonde one I used to own was stamped 1941 inside....
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    Re: 2-point Orpheum branded Strad-O-lin on eBay

    No, judging by the eBay listing photos, it's the 12th fret. Bridge is the same as mine with the scalloped top. FWIW, the action on my most recent SOL (probably same factory) is 1.5mm at the 12th...
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    Re: Eastman md 304 vs 314

    Limited practical experience here - have heard the 304 in person and liked it a lot. Haven't played a 314, but my band mate has a 514. Another good sounding instrument.

    Don't think there will be...
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    Re: Low End Strad

    Agree - there are a lot of sub-differences. Celluloid tailpiece covers. Mainly on Type 2. The one in my profile photo has a rounded headstock. My latest one is pointy. And it's possible the profile...
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    Re: Low End Strad

    Here's another one. Looks fairly clean. Definitely can see the laminates through the f holes.

    Am posting this because (1) it has the cool lightning bolt f holes and (2) at least two of the tuner...
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    Very nice! Congrats! Very cool with a lot of rare features.
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    Re: Know what this is? It keeps staring at me!

    Isn't the pickguard cut down on that one? Also am wondering if there is a crack on the bass side near the tailpiece? Still, if it doesn't go for a lot probably a good deal. Was looking for one of...
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    Re: 2-point Orpheum branded Strad-O-lin on eBay

    Another footnote, while setting up a different strap on my latest Strad-O-Lin, was looking at the tuners again. The screws at number 2 and 4 on each side (of the 5 holes) are smaller than the 1, 3, 5...
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    Re: 2-point Orpheum branded Strad-O-lin on eBay

    Yes. My Stadium label SOL oval hole (all laminate mahogany) has only 3 screws per side. It's something that Strad-O-Lin seems to have started doing in the mid (or later) 1950's.
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    Re: NMD - Another Strad-O-Lin

    Be fun to hear your comparison. Especially since my definite solid wood model is identical to your newest one.
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    Re: Case for Strad-O-Lin

    Due to the generosity of another list member, now have a very nice Reunion Blues Continental mandolin bag. Just very slightly oversized in the body. The neck brace is perfect for the short neck....
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    Re: Interesting early Flatiron on Reverb

    There was one on eBay that sold recently. They seem to be rare. Have seen the catalog showing them, but never one in person.
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    Re: 2-point Orpheum branded Strad-O-lin on eBay

    Good job. That's about what I paid for mine last year. Maybe the one you bought will have a date stamp. Mine doesn't. Looks like even the same model of case. And that one appears to have the longer...
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    Re: Case for Strad-O-Lin

    It's been mentioned here, but Paul Prestopino seems to have had one made for his SOL. Of course, that was back when Calton was the only real choice if you were flying with an instrument.
  18. Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    The stock screw on the D'Addario might be too big to fit. And the tuner cover screw is probably to short to replace. Have tried that on my older SOL and it needed a lot of fiddling to work, then I...
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    Case for Strad-O-Lin

    What are folks using? Have a lot of cases at home, and can't find one that seems to work with the latest SOL with the very short neck
    Have tried a flat top hardshell. The bridge touches the top....
  20. Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    Don't be discouraged by needing to tune the instrument more often. It's the nature of the beast. (Although I do wonder if carbon fiber instruments need less attention?)

    It seems like I'm...
  21. Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    That's my method, too. And some of my instruments need tuning more often. The newest Strad-O-Lin has needed a lot, but it's a combination of the strings need to settle down and possible binding...
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    Re: NMD - Another Strad-O-Lin

    Thanks Jim. The back has light flame on the inside and out and a couple spots seem to match up. Probably just wishful thinking on my part to hope it's solid. It seems to resonate more than most. To...
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    Re: 2-point Orpheum branded Strad-O-lin on eBay

    Just a follow up on shipping. Was sent Parcel Post and still got here in a couple of days. Very surprised considering the distance. Shipping also was very close what was charged. Remember, eBay gives...
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    Re: Comparing Strad-O-Lins

    Mentioned in the other thread - the older model is 9 3/4" wide and the 1941 and this latest one are both 10" wide.

    What I'm more fascinated by in all this is the 1941 and the older model have...
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    Re: NMD - Another Strad-O-Lin

    Width of the older model is 9 3/4" the newer one is 10" wide. Which is the same as the 1941 I compared earlier. This is another good argument for at least two different factories. Why have body molds...
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