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    Well it came in this morning. So I've been playing it mostly all day on and off, mainly on. It took very little time to get use to the wide nut, I could definitely tell a difference at first especially double stops, it took me a few times due the little extra width to get them clean.

    Playability-wise it is night and day difference between what I came from (and no offence intended at all) but goodness the Pava plays like a dream, such a soft touch for notes and chords, the tone is so clean and clear with note clarity into the 17-19 fret. It has great note sustain. I can't even remember now but it seems to be a bit brighter than the one I had, the Eastman best I can remember may have been a bit woodier and darker sounding.

    I had started a thread awhile back about "how much better does it get" and now I know and it is night and day difference in a real good way and don't get me wrong I really liked the way my Eastman sounded but this Pava plays fantastic and sounds wonderful and I believe it'll just keep getting better once we get to know each other

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    Pava's are high on my list of MASable mandolins. Played a great blondie in a store once, never forgot it. :-) Congrats!
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    Congrats on your Pava! I am glad to hear that it plays wonderfully and sounds so great!
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    Picture?
    My avatar is of my OldWave Oval A

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    So what's the heaviest gauge string I can use on the Pava and I don't have a way of recording it except on my phone and I doubt anyone could tell the difference

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    Congratulations! I'd love to see pictures and hear it, even if it's just a cellphone video
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    Quote Originally Posted by CBFrench View Post
    So what's the heaviest gauge string I can use on the Pava
    I think your most accurate answer would come from her, but I think any string set you want to try would be fine.
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    Pava sends them with GHS A270 strings, I would think/hope she knows what makes them sound best (at least in her opinion.) I am not sure I would deviate too far...

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    It was a tad bit bright at first but after playing it most of the day and night the new strings have settled in real nice by this morning. I know that strings and picks make a huge difference. I stay with a 1.5mm pick on guitar and mandolin. We beginning to become good friends...
    Last edited by CBFrench; Aug-25-2019 at 10:44am.

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