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    Default Considering purchasing an Eastman MDA315...

    ... and I have questions :D

    1. Anyone here has direct experience with them? What are your thoughts?

    2. What pickup would you recommend so I can play it live?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Considering purchasing an Eastman MDA315...

    I've never played an Eastman MDA315, but I have a lot of experience installing JJB PPS-200 pickups in many instruments including mandolin, violin, mandola, viola, octave mando, mandocello, banjo, resonators, guitars and upright bass. Which way you go with a pickup depends on what you want to spend, what modifications (if any) you want to make, your luthier skills, playing environment, etc. There are several hundred posts over the years on this subject over at the Equipment sub-forum.

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    Default Re: Considering purchasing an Eastman MDA315...

    Lots of luck finding one. They’re scarce as hen’s teeth.
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    Default Re: Considering purchasing an Eastman MDA315...

    Quote Originally Posted by multidon View Post
    Lots of luck finding one. They’re scarce as hen’s teeth.
    2 Available here:
    Eastman MDA315 Mandola https://reverb.com/item/14470136-eastman-mda315-mandola

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    Default Re: Considering purchasing an Eastman MDA315...

    If you manage to get one, there is always the option of a clip-on mini condenser mic like an AT Pro 35 or DPA 4099 instead of an installed pickup. That's what I've used on both my Lebeda mandolin and my Weber OM: the DPA 4099. You get the advantage of a more natural sound than any pickup (IMO), and without any modifications to the instrument.

    Just my opinion, but I think the only real advantage a pickup has over a clip-on mic is better gain before feedback on a very loud stage (louder than most of us probably deal with), and a plug-in convenience, vs. having to remove and install the clip-on mic at the gig. For me, the audio quality of a mic is worth it.

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    Default Re: Considering purchasing an Eastman MDA315...

    There are those here much more qualified than myself to make a recommendation but I have to second a clip on condenser mic or as I prefer on a stand rather than a clip-on. My instruments are all equipped with K & K Twins (which are often recommended on this site) but only use them when convenience demands as I think I achieve a better acoustic sound with the mics.
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    Default Re: Considering purchasing an Eastman MDA315...

    I am not adverse to hiring someone to install the pickup. I gig a bunch, so to me the gear just has to work, every time, period. If that means hiring someone who knows what they're doing better than I do, man I am pumped I found them :D

    As for the mandola itself, I still would love to have some feedback if someone here has played or owned one!

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    Default Re: Considering purchasing an Eastman MDA315...

    I own one, and personally I love it. It's got good tone and playability, a nice strong C course, but it's not particularly loud. You will definitely need a pick up if you plan to use it for gigs.
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