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    Default Eastman MD314 F-Style Oval Hole Mandolin Discontinued?

    Anyone know for sure if this is no longer in production? I played one about a year ago regret not buying it. Any leads on one would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: Eastman MD314 F-Style Oval Hole Mandolin Discontinued?

    Eastman's website doesn't show them.

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    Default Re: Eastman MD314 F-Style Oval Hole Mandolin Discontinued?

    Best bet may be placing a want add in the classifieds...
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    Default Re: Eastman MD314 F-Style Oval Hole Mandolin Discontinued?

    They are available....

    https://reverb.com/item/5864054-east...-hole-mandolin

    https://reverb.com/item/6933194-east...-hole-mandolin

    I had one at one time and enjoyed it very much.
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    Default Re: Eastman MD314 F-Style Oval Hole Mandolin Discontinued?

    Both Reverb listings are no longer active.

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    Default Re: Eastman MD314 F-Style Oval Hole Mandolin Discontinued?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chompa View Post
    Anyone know for sure if this is no longer in production? I played one about a year ago regret not buying it. Any leads on one would be appreciated.
    I’ve been researching/watching/buying low end mandolins(under $1000) for the past eighteen months or so and I honestly didn’t know this model existed. I thought the 514 was the lowest priced f scroll/oval hole. I don’t know for sure, but my guess is that it’s been discontinued. Thanks for putting it on my radar. We might be in a bidding war some day!
    Last edited by DoubleE; May-22-2020 at 8:34pm.

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    Default Re: Eastman MD314 F-Style Oval Hole Mandolin Discontinued?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chompa View Post
    Both Reverb listings are no longer active.
    Oops, sorry about that.
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    Default Re: Eastman MD314 F-Style Oval Hole Mandolin Discontinued?

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YXdOJzYGBgw

    I did a little more research and found this. Sorry, no leads other than an overpriced one in Japan. Happy hunting!
    Last edited by DoubleE; May-22-2020 at 6:39pm. Reason: Bad link

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    Default Re: Eastman MD314 F-Style Oval Hole Mandolin Discontinued?

    This model is not produced for distribution in the USA at this time. However sometimes these get accidentally put on a container and some wind up here. I recently had 13 but those have all been sold over the last 6 weeks. I have some ordered for Fall when we get a large stocking order but no promises if I will be able to actually get them.

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    Default Re: Eastman MD314 F-Style Oval Hole Mandolin Discontinued?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mandolin Store View Post
    This model is not produced for distribution in the USA at this time. However sometimes these get accidentally put on a container and some wind up here. I recently had 13 but those have all been sold over the last 6 weeks. I have some ordered for Fall when we get a large stocking order but no promises if I will be able to actually get them.
    Thanks for the info! I know Iíve checked out TMS inventory in the past six weeks, but I mustíve overlooked this one. I was probably drooling at a Pava! Oh, well. I hope to visit the new store soon! Thanks again!

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    Default Re: Eastman MD314 F-Style Oval Hole Mandolin Discontinued?

    I am a big fan of the Eastman 300 series mandolins; I prefer the more open/woody (satin finish) sound... (Varnish is, of course, even better, but more than I want to spend).
    I owned both the F hole versions (315 and 305) at the same time and to my ear; I heard maybe the same or a bit more volume but definitely a fuller tone and sustain from the A style (305) which a kept... over the F style 315, which I sold. I am currently looking for an oval hole model but not having the personal, in-shop A/B opportunity (F vs A) is a disadvantage in making a decision.
    I am very interested in any input on a tone and volume comparison between the oval hole models MD314 (F) vs the MD304 (A). Has anyone compared these two oval hole models?

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    Default Re: Eastman MD314 F-Style Oval Hole Mandolin Discontinued?

    I canít help with an evaluation of these two models and it seems like the 314 is a bit of a rare bird so maybe not many others have been able to make this comparison either. I havenít played either one, but I bought a 404 on a whim a little while back and I'm really enjoying it. Itís a bit of an oddity with mahogany back and sides, but I like the ďtubbyĒ tone.

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