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    Default NMD....Eastman MD305

    Well, new to me anyway. Traded out a Morgan Monroe for this one. Like it so far. It was amazing how playing it last night it started to open up. The only drawback I have found is the lack of white binding on the neck causes me to have to pay more attention to fret markers as they seem to blend in, other than that, love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by B381 View Post
    Well, new to me anyway. Traded out a Morgan Monroe for this one. Like it so far. It was amazing how playing it last night it started to open up. The only drawback I have found is the lack of white binding on the neck causes me to have to pay more attention to fret markers as they seem to blend in, other than that, love it!

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    Awesome ! Glad you got it! So it has the better tailpiece!

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    Congratulations! Enjoy!

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    Good solid mandolin, congratulations!

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    Congrats!
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    Congrats! Nice mandolin. At least it has side dots. Three of my vintage mandolins don't.
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    Default Re: NMD....Eastman MD305

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Platt View Post
    Congrats! Nice mandolin. At least it has side dots. Three of my vintage mandolins don't.
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    I love the look and color.

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    Nice, I have a 315 from when I first starred out, it’s a great mando. Congrats and enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by B381 View Post
    Well, new to me anyway. Traded out a Morgan Monroe for this one. Like it so far. It was amazing how playing it last night it started to open up. The only drawback I have found is the lack of white binding on the neck causes me to have to pay more attention to fret markers as they seem to blend in, other than that, love it!

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    "It doesn't matter how much you invest in your instrument until you invest in you and your ability..."

    Kentucky KM-150
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    Morgan Monroe MFM-300 (passed on to a new player)
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    Nice, B381, thanks for posting the photos. I am really impressed by these Eastmans. Sure is pretty and I'll bet is plays and sounds as good as it looks! Congratulations on a great choice.
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    In my quest to downsize musical instruments in my advancing age, yesterday I traded 2 guitars for a new MD305 (down to 4 guitars, 3 mandos, and 2 concertinas). Anyway, I had played a few of these through the years and really wasn’t very impressed despite the great reviews here. Mine looks almost identical to the OPs, so no need to post photos. My mini review follows. Workmanship is impeccable. Tight grain on the top; no flame on any of the maple back, sides and neck. Playability is excellent. I bought from the local store which is primarily a guitar store (Sunday Guitars), they had only 3 mandolins, so I was impressed with the great set up-kudos to them. It probably needs new strings, but after trying various picks, pretty much got the tone I wanted. Chop is good; single note/double stops etc likewise pretty good. All and all very happy with it. It should serve me well for travel - I’ve a bunch of trips coming up.
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    If I felt the need for a cheaper mandolin to combat worrisome situations, I’d look no farther than the 300 series Eastman. Like as not they sound as good or better than their more expensive breatheren. Your 305 will serve you well.
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