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    Smile NMD -- Eastman MD805/V Vintage Varnish

    I opened the beautiful case, took her out and tuned up. This mandolin is impressive. The Violin Varnish, distressed finish is authentic but not overdone. The varnish immediately lends me to believe it opens up the tone. Sounds like it was made in the twenties. The action is crazy sweet-low and no buzzing. The ringing is just powerful. I am thinking "volume, sweet tone, sustain, richness and chop"-- everything I could ask for in a mando. The fit and finish is superb... and beyond. I love the varnish and the distress marks-- tastefully employed, not beat up. Nice bit of tarnish on the tailpiece. Beautiful Abalone inlays--- The case is deluxe with the extra satin lined velour blanket. A snappy certificate in the bottom of the case. Intonation spot on. Street is $1250 and I paid $849. The set up is expert. Well, I think these guys in Beijing know what they are doin'! (don't have my own photo yet, so I am posting one from a site that sells the same)
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    Default Re: NMD -- Eastman MD805/V Vintage Varnish

    Dude! That's sweet Looks like you got a good one for sure!

    Congrats and happy pickin'

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    Default Re: NMD -- Eastman MD805/V Vintage Varnish

    Thanks Zack! Here are some photos:
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    I played an 815v yesterday, and it was the first Eastman that had a nice G. They are getting better all the time.
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    Default Re: NMD -- Eastman MD805/V Vintage Varnish

    As Rainman would say, "Definitely a nice G..." This one has bass and it is a woody richness... I will post a vid soon. Thanks for saying so Br1ck.
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    Nice score!
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    Default Re: NMD -- Eastman MD805/V Vintage Varnish

    Congrats and enjoy!

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    Default Re: NMD -- Eastman MD805/V Vintage Varnish

    Here is my modest playing so you can hear the sound. I am using a Blue Chip CT55 pick and I have installed a Cumberland Armrest. Mic is a Blue Snowball recorded straight into the computer without effects added. Fighting the tremors, but what matters is that we enjoy our music, right?
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    Congratulations!

    Looks and sounds great ~ enjoy it in good health.

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    That’s a sweet-looking and sounding mandolin! Congratulations, Dan.
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    Default Re: NMD -- Eastman MD805/V Vintage Varnish

    Thank you, friends. I appreciate the encouraging words.
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    Dan, I can't believe that you can play that seventh fret B on the E course from the first position with your ring finger! If you include your pinky, can you cover the whole octave?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JEStanek View Post
    Congrats and enjoy!
    +1.

    I think that the picture of your smile in Post #3 tells the whole story!

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    Default Re: NMD -- Eastman MD805/V Vintage Varnish

    Quote Originally Posted by pheffernan View Post
    Dan, I can't believe that you can play that seventh fret B on the E course from the first position with your ring finger! If you include your pinky, can you cover the whole octave?
    They don't call me "mitt hands" for nothin'! Thanks Pat. The maneuver to avoid relying on my pinky was something to practice... I do use my pinky constantly on the guitar, but less on the mandolin. I do need it for chop chords. Thanks for the smile.
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    Default Re: NMD -- Eastman MD805/V Vintage Varnish

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeZito View Post
    +1.

    I think that the picture of your smile in Post #3 tells the whole story!
    Hey Mike! Is this the year for the Mets?! Hope you have a great season. Thanks!
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