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Hello boys and girls

Postby MattKid » Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:42 am

I've just bought my 1st mandolin, I AB'd the Eastman MD315 and The Loar LM700 VS on two separate occasions and of the two I tried the Eastman has won, it's now getting a setup and CA bridge upgrade and I'll be in possession of it on Saturday.

I look forward to share my journey with you all under the guidance of Ben!
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Re: Hello boys and girls

Postby Bulldog » Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:30 am

Welcome to the forum Matt. Good choice on the Eastman. My first mandolin was a 515 (back before the 315's came along) and it was a great instrument to learn on and grow with. Congrats on your 315 coming Saturday!
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Re: Hello boys and girls

Postby MattKid » Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:15 am

I've just upgraded to Gold Pick membership ready for tomorrow!!!
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Re: Hello boys and girls

Postby mreisz » Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:04 pm

Have fun!
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Re: Hello boys and girls

Postby markrocka » Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:46 pm

Hey Matt! Welcome to the board!

I've been looking at the Loar LM700 for a while now. I'm not at all familiar with the Eastman you're talking about. What did you like better about it?
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Re: Hello boys and girls

Postby MattKid » Sat Jul 08, 2017 12:19 am

Mainly i sounded better playing it. This was probably down to either the fret size or maybe Eastman do a better job in the factory, but seeing as i couldnt have the both set up before buying one it left the Loar as a risk.

The Loar had a slightly warmer mellow tone compared to the Eastman which was brighter without being tinny even further up the neck.

The V neck on the Eastman surprised me coming from guitar as it is very V shaped, it's comfortable though and maybe with a smaller point of contact for the thumb may make it faster (in time!)

Lastly, although really firstly, even from when I was checking them out on the internet I preferred the finish of the Eastman. I have 2 sunburnt guitars already and something different would be a nice change. The Loar is very glossy and I preferred the satin look of the Eastman. They were both finished well with the Loar possibly having a little more untidiness inside the scroll.

Embarrassingly I can't tell you anything about the figure of the wood on the back of the instruments as I completely forgot to check I was too busy 'playing' them.
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Re: Hello boys and girls

Postby markrocka » Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:22 am

That's great to know! I guess I need to find a local store that carries them and check them out.

Thanks for taking the time to write all of that. I always like getting the best bang for my buck. Now I have a new option for doing just that. :)
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Re: Hello boys and girls

Postby MattKid » Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:36 pm

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Re: Hello boys and girls

Postby markrocka » Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:19 pm

Oh man! That's pretty! Is this the model I'm seeing on Amazon for $699? Where did you get yours?
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Re: Hello boys and girls

Postby MattKid » Sun Jul 09, 2017 7:17 am

I was extremely lucky that the acoustic music shop here in Galway had both the mandolin I was interested in. So I was able to get it at the internet price and paid extra for a setup and Cumberland bridge.
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