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    Upgrading a tailpiece

    I have a Loar LM-375 mandolin. Since I only play for hobby, I really don't have the money for a really high end mandolin. Would upgrading the tailpiece make a huge difference? Something a little more...
  2. Re: Beginner! Eastman 305 vs Kentucky KM-150 vs...??

    Thanks for all the advice! I ended up finding a screaming deal on a Kentucky KM-150 at a store a few hours away. Lo and behold, an acquaintance in town I had just met a week prior was in that town...
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    New to me mandolin

    Well, I took a chance and bought the used Loar LM-400 in the classifieds from Elderly and It arrived today. It was made in May of 2012. After a few hours to settle, opened it and I am very pleased...
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    Re: Good Mandolin set up in Houston

    Good luck. Houston is a dry spot for either Mandolin or banjo work. I’ve taken some to Kevin Perry at Great Sourthern Music. Kevin is primarily a guitar luthier. Mike Fuller is another option at...
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    Re: Help a Beginner?

    1. I love this guy... and he's also a member here: https://www.youtube.com/user/MandoLessons
    2. if you're using a guitar pick, toss it and acquire a real mando pick. The thickness helps
    3. learn to...
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    Re: NMD Eastman 305

    Beware.

    Eastmans are the mando version of gateway drugs...
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    Re: NMD Eastman 305

    Sweet. Congratulations.
  8. Thread: NMD Eastman 305

    by Caleb
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    Re: NMD Eastman 305

    That's a fine instrument that could easily be a lifetime keeper. Play it in good health.
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    by CES
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    Re: NMD Eastman 305

    Congratulations! That’s an excellent first mandolin that will serve you well for as long as you can contain your MAS...

    I recently sold my 315 as part of a downsizing effort. It was my...
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    Re: NMD Eastman 305

    I had both a 305 and a 304 about six or seven mandolins ago. Great mandolins for the price. Decent tone, very good play ability provided proper set up, durable, and the nice clean look you can only...
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    Re: NMD Eastman 305

    Congrats! Enjoy the heck out of it. I don't know much, but if you were to have questions, my word this is the right place to ask :)

    Also, I LOVE that you're doing this with your son. So cool!
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    Re: NMD Eastman 305

    I had a stretch where I was traveling for business every few months. I stuck my mandolin in my gig bag and took it with me. It was a great way to get practice time in. I still use it sometimes...
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    by Em Tee
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    Re: NMD Eastman 305

    Congrats on the mandolin and welcome to the obsession!
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    Re: Older Eastmans

    the older Eastman models had super-comfortable necks compared to their offerings today. strangely enough it's the same thing with the Kentucky mandolins of that era. i don't know who convinced these...
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    by rcc56
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    Re: Older Eastmans

    I don't know how an older one might compare with this year's product, but I had a 2008 or '09 model 505 come through here a couple of years ago, and it was quite a good mandolin.
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