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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    So Kurt I noticed that you went with the Eastman 600 series F and O styles. Can I ask you if you went with these because they were more traditional sounding and in the case of the oval it had more...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    While I am at it, there is a binary classification for old and new mandolins.

    First some old short necked mandolins have small frets and the Gibson brand all over them

    Second some new short-...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    Maybe an approach would be to employ whichever mandolin works for the style of music. The reason I say this I have gone back to cheaper well rounded mandolins ( Eastman 505, Breedlove KO mandolins,...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    Eric, You have some pretty reasonable mandolins at best. In part I think the mandolin cafe tricks people into wanting more than they have and replacing what are solid well rounded mandolins with the...
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    Re: Bridge upgrade on new Eastman mando?

    Max. I tried out an Eastman 505 Comfort with satin finish. It may have been the mandolin. I sent it back. Instead I got a 505 classic with gloss finish. It has a good woody rounded tone with...
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    Re: A-Model Archtop Oval Hole $500-1000

    That makes sense Steve in what you are saying. I would expect a deeper tone with slightly less volume with a mahogany backed instrument. You picked up what I noticed in videos I have watched. ...
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    Re: A-Model Archtop Oval Hole $500-1000

    What year was your 404 made Steve? I have a video from TFOA in Holland in which it sounds quite loud. The mahogany back may not project as much sound as a maple backed 504 but then again it comes...
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    Re: A-Model Archtop Oval Hole $500-1000

    And here is a recording of an Eastman 504 mandolin


    https://youtu.be/B4VdW10MhjQ

    And for good measure a 1924 Gibson A-4 mandolin:


    https://youtu.be/kFb99QH7hII
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    Re: A-Model Archtop Oval Hole $500-1000

    Of course maple backed mandolins provides that punch for bluegrass. I concur. However, either beech or mahogany backed oval hole mandolins provide that warmth and musical colour that is present in...
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    Re: A-Model Archtop Oval Hole $500-1000

    Based on the small number of videos I have listened to, it sounds warmer and richer - a bit like the older Gibson oval holes.
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    It is possible Pat that he sought to recreate the tone that is in his 'Loar' derivative in the new Artist series at Northfield. In that video I attached he says he is enjoying immensely his...
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    He added it. Maybe there are a couple of Northfields now in his stable. You see him playing a Northfield more often than not. He was part of the team to create the new Artist series of Northfield...
  13. Re: Build thread - Forster 8 string Irish bouzouki

    Thanks Nigel for reviving Irish Bouzoukis on the CBOM thread. Look forward to the next phase in the bouzouki build diary.
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    Well if you were a first class act why would you bother with a $500 Eastman - the world of mandolin making is your musical oyster. There are plenty of folks who get plenty of satisfaction with their...
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    My point is that he has replaced his Loar recently with a Northfield Artist model. Here he is teaching arpeggios at Elderly Instruments 1 week ago:


    https://youtu.be/DdkiNqs8y8o
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    We can get caught up in the mystique of Gibson Loar F5 mandolins. Perhaps Mike should have found an equivalent modern maker to make a mandolin with a wider fingerboard with the tone he wanted. It...
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    Re: A-Model Archtop Oval Hole $500-1000

    I have heard on the grapevine from a reliable source that most if not all new Eastman mandolins will be built with larger frets this year. I have an MD505 with larger frets on a 12" radiused...
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    Re: A-Model Archtop Oval Hole $500-1000

    Nothing wrong with that colour. They are all pretty much like that these days with the MD504 model.
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    Re: Eastman Comfort Comfort

    I tried one. It did not have the tone of the classic model. I ended up with a classic model with large frets. Pretty nice mandolin with great tone and playability.
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    Re: Bridge upgrade on new Eastman mando?

    Max, In the end it is up to you what floats your boat. I bought an Eastman 505 with larger frets and could not be happier with the fit and finish of it. I had to tweak the truss rod a bit to...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    Ever heard Butch Baldesarri play bluegrass or old time? He finds a nice balance between speed, expressiveness and tone.
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    Re: Bridge foot marks/resale value

    I would not apply micromesh to the area. If it is a satin finish a very light respray with nitro touchup lacquer can work if a surrounding areas of the tool is taped off and covered. Best if a...
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    Re: New Breedlove Crossover models

    That's right Max. They stopped making USA made models back in 2016 or thereabouts. Then all production was shipped offshore. Colorado_al pretty much nailed it. The Eastman 305 is a far better...
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    Re: Eastman MD614 vs. Kentucky KM670

    You could go with a 514 or even a 314 Eastman model if you don't need a pickup. Then it becomes more of a question of price rather than appointments.
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    Re: Fret Wire Questions

    Look up the Jescar 147 designation. I found this on Australian Luthier Supplies website and confirmed it later on the Jescar website.
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