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    Eastman MD815/V in classifieds

    Last year, I spent a day playing lots of nice mandolins at Morgan Music and the Acoustic Shoppe, including Gibsons, Collings, Northfields, and Webers from $3k to $10k. The one mandolin that dropped...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    When not under global pandemic, I was playing in a regular jam with a banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and electric bass and we do get loud! That has made me interested in how loud various...
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    Re: new: Northfield neck rest!!!

    Astro asked: “ Why do you want the body raised up at an angle? Wouldnt you want something soft under body a little too in order to make the entire length flat but still have the headstock off the...
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    Re: Help with upgrade, please

    I have an Eastman MD505 and when I was shopping for an f-body, played multiple MD515’s and MD315’s. I liked the looks of the glossy 500 series better, but I liked the sound of the matte finish 300...
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    Re: Kimble two point reviews?

    I bought a 2018 Kimble two point from the Music Emporium in March and am loving it. This is my first higher-end mandolin, but I had played a wide variety up to about $10k over the past year as I was...
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    Re: Speed neck recommendation

    I've done speed necks, down to bare maple, on my Eastman MD315 and Silverangel A. On the first I tried tung oil but it felt too sticky (I probably didn't wait long enough) so I sanded back down to...
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    Re: One Mandolin - forever...

    After further thought, in a theoretical world in which I could have only one mandolin, WHICH mandolin I could have would matter a lot less than it does when I’m playing multiple mandolins. I’ve...
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    Re: One Mandolin - forever...

    I can’t imagine having only one mandolin. I need to have a beater for times when I don’t want to risk a nicer mandolin. I need to have a good spare when my best mandolin is in the shop. So for me,...
  9. “Going to California” with a Stradolin and Ovation mandolin

    After enjoying one of Don Julin’s performances of “Going to California,” I realized that I just didn’t know that song very well. YouTube of course has lots of versions, from Led Zeppelin...
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    Re: yamaha mandolins

    I grew up in the Philippines and Yamaha was THE luxury instrument that was relatively available (they had a store in Manila and when we went to Manila, I tried to stop by and look in the window. We...
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    Re: Attention Silverangel owners

    I bought a new Silverangel from Ken last fall and he was using J75’s then.
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    Re: buying first mando without playing?

    I’ve played all your examples, other than the “The Loar.” I still own an Eastman MD315 and Silverangel A. I wouldn’t stress too much over not being able to play these instruments before buying. All...
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    Re: Waiting for UPS

    I was actually shocked by the number and extent of the scratches on the top. TME showed a few, but they didn’t convey the extent! If I were thinking of future trades, the scratches would have...
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    Re: Waiting for UPS

    Yes it did! I got a bit of time on it this evening (about six hours) and am loving it.
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    Re: GIROUARD F4 Delivered Today !!!

    Wow! Beautiful! I love MUSIC, but I also love that the instruments, the tools used to make music, can be so beautiful and different. Different woods and shapes, different structural choices,...
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    Re: Simple setup ?

    I bought a jig from Cumberland Acoustic that holds the bridge perpendicular to the mandolin top. StewMac sells something similar. I thought the jig made the fitting process easier. You just put a...
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    Re: Collings MT2 vs MF-GT?

    It was TOUGH! So many tempting choices. I ended up buying a two point Kimble.
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    Re: NMD 1989 Flatiron Performer A

    Congratulations!

    Interesting about the A string and the pickup wire! I would never have thought about that.
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    Re: D'Addario EXP 75 vs. EXPCM?

    I started using the EXP74CM with the heavier E and A strings on my Eastman in order to have a bit more kick in the trebles. I liked the balance a lot.

    D'Addadario now seems to have the basic same...
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    Re: Looking for new F Style Mandolin

    I played an MD815/V (the new distressed model) last summer and it really impressed me, even after playing a big selection of mandolins up to $7k range (Gibson, Collings, Northfield, Webber, Ratliff,...
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    Re: Looking for new F Style Mandolin

    I have a 2018 Eastman MD315 and hoping for better I bought a step-up American made varnish mandolin last fall. The step up does have a richer bass, but the Eastman is louder and has a pure treble...
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    Re: Music "Stand" Challenge

    I ran across this $25 table-top music stand at Guitar Center and like it a lot. Not sure if it would work for your planned setup, but may be worth considering.
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    Re: Good grief... what a set!

    I’m a big fan and have all Billy’s CDs and watch a lot of his videos, but my favorite part of the performances is Jarrod’s mandolin playing!
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    Resonance of a fiddle vs mandolins (wow)

    On Friday I took a day trip to a music store that might have a bigger selection of higher-end mandolins than any other music store in Missouri (that store is Morgan Music in Lebanon, MO) and...
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