Sharp fret ends

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Postby tom » Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:49 pm

Fair enough Ray. I have to hold my hands up and say that my comments were made based on the hand full of Eastmans I have seen. All of which seemed to be very good at the price.
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Postby trevor » Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:26 am

I have sold many Eastman mandolins and not had many problems, they are great value mandolins in my opinion.
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Postby Ray(T) » Tue Jan 08, 2008 10:10 am

I'm sure all makes have their rogues but the 615 mandola I tried last week was particularly bad. In addition, I wasn't particularly impressed with the volume/sound in general.

Trevor, I know you have a "thing" about mandolas, how do the Eastmans compare with the other makes you stock? (PM me if you'd rather) I can feel a short break to Brighton coming on!
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Postby trevor » Tue Jan 08, 2008 10:28 am

Ray,
The Estman mandolas I have are much better than I expected because I favour oval hole mandolins generally but even more so for mandolas. They are F hole so I hadn't expected the depth and mellownes that they actually have.

If I had an instrument that bad I would send it back...
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Postby Ray(T) » Tue Jan 08, 2008 10:44 am

I have obviously been spoilt by the Holoubek - I think the moral is "try before you buy" and there aren't many places you can make comparisons.
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Postby bluemando » Tue Jan 08, 2008 10:47 pm

Gents
There is nothing I can add to this thread as the contributors have more technical expertise than me but I have to say that I have found it really useful and interesting.
This is exactly what this forum should be about - an exchange of views and dissipation of useful information.
Well done guys.
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Postby PCT57 » Sat Jan 12, 2008 2:07 pm

Received a call from Forsythe's today to say the mandolin is ready to pick up after having it over a week (sickness to repair man).

Said some of the feel was due to the "high thin frets but it should be ok now". I cannot pick it up today due to home match with Brighton so will get it on Monday.

Will let you know what it is like.
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Postby PCT57 » Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:35 pm

I have now got the mandolin back from Forsythe's minus the sharp fret ends and it is much better.

I have however now got a 75mm long hairline scratch on the top which because of the dark finish you can only see when you angle it to the light - never mind though, I have just put new strings on it and it sounds good.

Thanks for your advice and comments.
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