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    The Eastman OM showed up today. Wow - I’m thrilled with this - so much fun to play. It’s set up really well. I will try to post a video soon. I really love the variation in sound moving from the open G up to the E and A courses, especially fretted up the neck. This thing covers such a wonderful range of tone and pitch!
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    Lucky you -- where did you find one?

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    Someone here at the cafe was selling in the classifieds.
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    Here’s a link to a video I made playing Dry and Dusty on the MDO305. Really having a great time getting to know this thing.
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    Here’s a link to a video I made playing Dry and Dusty on the MDO305. Really having a great time getting to know this thing.
    Yeah man...that sounds very nice.

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    Nice tone on the Dry and Dusty!

    I'll have to give that tune a go too!

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    Nice tone on the Dry and Dusty!

    I'll have to give that tune a go too!

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    Thx! It just seemed like the perfect tune to play on the octave. The sustain is so nice on the Eastman
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    What I notice, I can't play anything up to dance tempo, but all the tunes sound curiously different.

    Stuff like that entertains me!

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    I received an MDO305 two weeks ago. Been playing regularly and enjoying the sound. Took the advice from here and immediately put mandola strings on the instrument. I am finding the stretch between frets is a real workout, but interestingly, the same tunes on mandolin now seem remarkably simple! Have been wondering if the difference of one inch in the scale between the Eastman and the Weber 20" scale makes it any easier to use the mandolin fingerings I've learned for melody lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lukmanohnz View Post
    Here’s a link to a video I made playing Dry and Dusty on the MDO305. Really having a great time getting to know this thing.
    That sounds great! Nice tune, I've never heard it before, I'll have to give it a try myself.

    @Russ Donahue, I've heard so many people say they like the mandola strings on the MDO-305, but I haven't heard any clips of what they actually sound like. Have you come across any, or perhaps have one of your own you could share? Do they change the sound of the instrument as well as the feel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukmanohnz View Post
    Here’s a link to a video I made playing Dry and Dusty on the MDO305. Really having a great time getting to know this thing.
    That's a nice use of sustain and partial chords on that OM. That's what they're made for when playing melody, in my opinion. The slower tunes where you can really work the sustain of the longer scale compared to a mandolin.

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    Yea, what FP said. Nice interpretation of the tune, one of my faves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbcee View Post
    Yea, what FP said. Nice interpretation of the tune, one of my faves.
    It’s pretty much how Joe K. Walsh teaches it in his Peghead Nation course (except played on an OM instead of mando ;-) so I can’t really take credit for anything but the mistakes.....
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    This tune - Inverness - was written by John Mailander and he plays it on an octave mandolin. Took me a bit to get those crooked measures down, but once it gets in your fingers it's hard to stop playing this one. Over and over and over and over and over and....... It's like octave mandolin crack. Joe K. Walsh teaches it in his octave mandolin course on Peghead Nation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lukmanohnz View Post
    This tune - Inverness - was written by John Mailander and he plays it on an octave mandolin. Took me a bit to get those crooked measures down, but once it gets in your fingers it's hard to stop playing this one. Over and over and over and over and over and....... It's like octave mandolin crack. Joe K. Walsh teaches it in his octave mandolin course on Peghead Nation.
    "Sam Brown Hill" is addictive too - also from Joe's course. Finally have that down. And, you did a great job on Inverness - very smooth. Something for me to aspire to (next).
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    "Sam Brown Hill" is addictive too - also from Joe's course. Finally have that down. And, you did a great job on Inverness - very smooth. Something for me to aspire to (next).
    Thanks! Yes - I got SBH under my fingers then moved on to Inverness. The rhythm part for Inverness is still a work in progress. Joe’s crosspicking is so beautiful - those subtle little runs and embellishments he adds when playing rhythm just make it so sublime. I really want to try and capture that feeling. Are you taking his improv workshop too? Yesterday’s first session was great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lukmanohnz View Post
    Thanks! Yes - I got SBH under my fingers then moved on to Inverness. The rhythm part for Inverness is still a work in progress. Joe’s crosspicking is so beautiful - those subtle little runs and embellishments he adds when playing rhythm just make it so sublime. I really want to try and capture that feeling. Are you taking his improv workshop too? Yesterday’s first session was great.
    I am, yes and agree and also taking Matt Flinner's Octave course. Something is bound to stick, I figure.
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