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    Default Re: Who makes a good inexpensive Octave Mandolin?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mandobart View Post
    You got a good deal. I paid $900 for mine (the F5 model Octave Plus). It has about 21" scale and with a narrow neck is very easy to play. Intonation on mine was bad; I eventually had a local luthier carve a new saddle. I bought my Cricketfiddle F4 shortly thereafter, haven't plaid the MK since. Tried selling it a few times; no one wants these.
    I think mine is 20" that what it was advertised as. I saw alot at $900 but i held out and found mine at $600 with hard case. It goes great with my flat top octave and my solidbody ones, which are all either 19" or 20" scale length being a f style arch top it fits right in
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    Default Re: Who makes a good inexpensive Octave Mandolin?

    Mandolin Mo Strings has a new octave. It is going to be less than $1500.00 but they have not settled on a price. Beautiful intrumtent though.
    Still, the Eastman is a steal.
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    Default Re: Who makes a good inexpensive Octave Mandolin?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Platt View Post
    Have both the Eastman and the Ashbury Style E. Get the Eastman. While there are nice aspects of the Ashbury, the Eastman is a far better built instrument. And I think it cuts through in a band setting better. Also think the neck is more comfortable.

    That said, there are others who really like the Ashbury. Liked it at first, but now it mostly sits in the case.
    A follow up to my earlier post. Took both my OMs to a jam/practice last Monday. Switched between the two a lot. Finally I asked the person sitting next to me if he heard a difference. Was told, sort of. The Eastman cut through better, but didn't have the bass of the Ashbury.

    That said, am now seriously thinking of upgrading to either a Pono, Lafferty, or more likely, the Northfield flat-top octave.
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    Default Re: Who makes a good inexpensive Octave Mandolin?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rodney Riley View Post
    Send it to Randy January at the lending library. Take a deduction off your taxes next year
    https://www.cbaweb.org/Learning/LendingLibrary
    Sending it anywhere will cost me about $100. And I haven't itemized deductions since I paid off my house several years ago. I still make charitable contributions but it saves me nothing on taxes, especially now that the standard deduction has nearly doubled.

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    Default Re: Who makes a good inexpensive Octave Mandolin?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Platt View Post
    That said, am now seriously thinking of upgrading to either a Pono, Lafferty, or more likely, the Northfield flat-top octave.
    Those Northfields have an interesting sound to them:

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    Default Re: Who makes a good inexpensive Octave Mandolin?

    I think Siveen Mandolin might make a OM in their Celtic Spirit line.

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