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    Default Eastman Octave MDO-305

    I have one coming and am wondering about the tailpiece. The descriptions say stamped but in talking with the Mandolin Store, they assure me it is cast. If so, what would be a worthwhile reason to changing out the tailpiece? I have heard horror stories about the end pin being glued and having to drill them out. Really? With all that, are the benefits of a new tailpiece worth the trouble?

    Any other advice, comments, modifications, recommendations ,etc. on the Eastman Octave would be very much appreciated.

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    Default Re: Eastman Octave MDO-305

    It's cast and solid.

    I would save your cash unless you want to use ball end strings (or if you just don't like it).

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    Default Re: Eastman Octave MDO-305

    Mine is cast. If you look around at some of the images online, most of them show a different tailpiece than the stock photo on the Eastman website. The one on the Eastman site definitely looks like a pretty standard stamped mando tailpiece, while the one on mine and in many of the photos is obviously heavier and the loop ends of the strings are easily visible. They may have changed tailpieces after going into production.
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    Default Re: Eastman Octave MDO-305

    I have an early one. It is stamped. Doesn't bother me any. Does not effect tone. Works fine. Tuners are crappy but work. I'd save your money for something more worthwhile. Better bridge? Better set up? Arm rest? Pick guard? Personally, I chose arm rest, pick guard and luthier work to improve action and fit the bridge better.
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    Default Re: Eastman Octave MDO-305

    Mine is cast. Have had no problems with it so far. If it does fail, then I'll replace it. Otherwise, it works.
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    Default Re: Eastman Octave MDO-305

    Thanks for the input, all of you. I , hopefully, will get it earlier next week. thanks

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