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    Default NMD Eastman MD604

    New to me, my first oval hole.

    I'm still feeling my way around what kind of tone I like in an instrument, and recently signed up for the artist works classical stuff, so wanted an oval hole for that and this is my idea of a student model to meet that need. I also love pickups, it has the Schertler resocoil in it (a pickup I really like and have in my MD605).

    I wish Eastman still made bowlbacks, that would have been an interesting one to get, but might be a bit out of my price range at the moment.

    FYI, compared to an Eastman F hole (I guess that's apples to apples):
    - the tone is much darker, more resonant, especially in the lower frequencies.
    - more sustain on the low end, richer and fuller too. classical has a lot of drone notes with stuff played over them, I can see why an oval hole is desirable.
    - it won't bark like an F-hole though, so I can see why these aren't used for bluegrass.

    So a learning experience for me, I'm still not ready to take the plunge and buy a higher end instrument until I'm sure what it is I want. I spent years before I bought a blue chip, I think this is the same kind of journey. Eastman's are good enough you can live with them for a long time, at least that's what it seems like to me.

    I love sunburst models, so when I called the mandolin store, they said they were out of new MD604's, but had a used sunburst one, I bought it immediately.

    It will go out for a refret this saturday (from .031 to .050 fret height, makes it easier on me to play).

    I already restrung it and put on the Grover 309 tuners (shown in the pics).

    Here it is:
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    Eastman MD-605SB, MD-604SB, MD-305, all with Grover 309 tuners.
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    Default Re: NMD Eastman MD604

    Congrats on the new mando! If you feel comfortable, I'd love to see video of it in action!
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    An A-B comparison of F to Oval would be nice vid to make, I have to get out my camera stand, I think it's around somewhere.
    Eastman MD-605SB, MD-604SB, MD-305, all with Grover 309 tuners.
    Fender Mando-Strat, Godin A8. Tin Guitar travel mandolin.
    Zoom G3 for all my plugged-in signal processing.

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    While I'm not a fan of owning multiple mid level instruments, I think you are wise to do this if you haven't made this most basic of decisions. Enjoy the journey.
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    I really like the oval Eastmans, as always they are super well built. Since they went to cast tailpieces on the newer ones, with new tuners you are all set.

    Thanks for sharing!
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    Nice addition to the collection!
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    Congrats and happy pickin'!

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    Very nice. Those are very nice mandolins. And, yes, a very nice pickup. Enjoy it.

    And yes, would love to hear a head to head comparison with your F hold Eastman.
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    Congrats, and enjoy it in good health!

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