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    Re: Eastman mandolins for sale

    I'd say most of the retail advertisers on the Cafe are Eastman distributors. I bought mine at Bernunzio in Rochester, NY and Mass St Music near Kansas City. I highly recommend both.
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    Re: Eddie Van Halen RIP

    I still say that George Harrison is actually the most influential guitarist the world has ever known. His playing is what initially lead millions to put down the accordion and pick up a guitar. ...
  3. Re: Unexpected things/benefits about playing mandolin

    Great thread! I haven't been playing long but because of some of these unexpected things, I haven't picked up the guitar in months.

    1) Chord melody is a bit more simplified, IMO. Fewer strings...
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    Re: Givson (yes, Givson) mandolin

    I bought my first two mandolins for $40 and $50 earlier this year, caught the mando bug, and sold them for $160 combined later, which went toward an Eastman MD505. If the price is right, have at it....
  5. Thread: Why Mandolin?

    by Woyvel
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    Covid hobby turned to obsession. Started getting rid of guitars. No guitar jones for the first time since I was 13 (43 years).
  6. Thread: Ocatjo

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    Re: Ocatjo

    That alone was worth the price paid.

    I have to wonder, how did you get it from the buyer then back and forth from the nursing home? I'm thinking you're in a large urban area.
  7. Thread: $1000 Budget

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    Re: $1000 Budget

    I'm an anti-sunburst guy, so for me it was an Eastman MD415GD, which won my blind tone contest against an MD315 and MD305.
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    Re: Eastman MD415-GD opinions

    I bought a 415GD about 6 weeks ago. It was my upgrade from my "let's try a mandolin" beginner. Since buying the 415 I've sold a couple more guitars and invested in a MD505e and and MDO305 octave. ...
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    Re: Eastman Mandolin Advice

    I just got an MD505e this weekend. I haven't really it through the paces yet. My other is an MD415GD. I love the 415, which is why I stuck with Eastman, but the Eastman 305's and 315's I played...
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    Re: Pentatonic scales

    They call that "jazz".
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    Re: Which Budget Fingerstyle Guitar?

    The only cedar top I see mentioned above (though I didn't look TOO closely) was the Taylor 714, which is relatively far from budget friendly by most non-pro standards. Cedar is a great top for...
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    Re: how long should i practice?

    If you practice 20-30 minutes a day 4-7 times a week with consistency, you'll improve by leaps and bounds. If all you can do is 10 minutes a day, 10 minutes EVERY day of practice is better than one...
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    Steinberger Synapse Conversion

    I have a Steinberger Synapse, which is a "convertible" baritone that you can also play as a guitar. As a bari it has a 27.85" scale and 2 more frets (and a zero fret) and can be strung with bari...
  14. Re: Octave Mandolin question: Teardrop versus mando-guitar?

    I'm a guitar convert and I've always considered "vibe" in the appearance of the instrument. How many variations can there be on the 2-humbucker LP and the 3-PU strat for tone? (Don't answer)
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    Re: 5 string in jazz combo question

    In a school jazz band, i think the mandolin would be great. Way back when, as a guitar player, I'd ask the band director for alternate chords on a lot of chords. The answer I'd usually get would be...
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    Re: What are you playing the blues on?

    Well, I'm playing an Eastman MD415GD, which is a spruce top (gold finish), mahogany combo, which is what you'll find with some many blues guitars, such as the Les Paul Gold top, which is solid...
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    Re: Mandolin "L" Chords

    I remember Paula Abdul referring to the "H" chord on American Idol back in the day, as in "I didn't hear that high H chord in the middle section", but never heard anyone else mention L other than...
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    Re: Carbon fiber mandolins

    I'm waiting for the Lava Mando. They have guitars and ukes at reasonable prices, but only available on Amazon. (Hmmm) I'd still like to try one before I believe anything I've read or seen on...
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    Re: Famous Octave Mandolin players

    Michael Kang, String Cheese Incident (jam band) doesn't play a lead guitar, but a lead 5-string electric mandolin. Not the usual rock genre instrumentation, not the usual genre for OM.
  20. Thread: Eastman El Rey?

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    Re: Eastman El Rey?

    There are other threads addressing it, but in a nutshell, an acoustic amp such as a Fishman Loudbox is the general consensus to get an acoustic mandolin sound out of it
  21. Thread: No motivation

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    Re: No motivation

    If you're hungry for an audience, you could try solo busking, which can be done with proper distancing. Now, I say but not do because I'n not in an area where busking is, um, favored or appreciated...
  22. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    I finally stuck with guitar at age 14 after several fits and starts. About 40 years later I picked up the mandolin. It's been 4 months and I'd like it to be my primary instrument, but, heck, I...
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    Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    Hello everyone, my name is Woyvel...and I'm a mandolin player.

    I was a guitar player, and suffered from GAS (gear acquisition syndrome). As the pandemic grew near in March I decided to get a...
  24. Thread: Know You Rider

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    Re: Know You Rider

    There's a nice version of just "...Rider" acoustic on Grateful Dad's "Dick's Pick's Volume 8" from Binghamton, 1970.
  25. Re: What do you do when you're Just. Not. Feeling it?

    Try something totally unfamiliar, like playing, or just listening to, music in different genres, maybe not even usually associated with mandolin. If you're accustomed to learning by ear, maybe try...
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