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  1. Re: Where did the tab edit files on Mandozine go?

    I had forgotten what a wonderful resource these TEF files were. Thanks to Hank for posting the main TEFzip file. I have downloaded it and I am checking the extracted TEF files out.
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    Re: E strings breaking?

    A bit of graphite in the nut slot helps. I had this problem and the break was appearing in between the tuning machines and the nut.
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    Re: Where to start with Jazz Mandolin?

    Love the video. It must have been fun doing it.
  4. Re: Best Oval Hole A Mandolins for Orchestra Playing?

    Try an Eastman 404 bk. It has a wonderful tone.
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    Re: Eastman Truss Rod Question

    George

    I own two Eastmans and I have adjusted the truss rod to straighten the neck. Both truss rods worked. So the question is how old is your Eastman? If it is something fairly common Then why...
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    Re: Eastman 404Bk Mandolin review

    I am glad you have appreciated my musings on mandolin family instruments. I have enjoyed writing about my experiences living here in the Alpuharras in Spain and before that in Galicia. I too have...
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    Re: Eastman 404Bk Mandolin review

    I broke an E string. Bummer! It takes ages to get replacements here in Spain. So the MD505 has been put to use.
  8. Re: Goodbye to.. my Stiver, my Collings, my Rigel...

    Just awful. I am sorry to hear your sad news.
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    Re: Eastman 404Bk Mandolin review

    I bought the Breedloves to try them out and see I could glean anything from their build. I had heard they had some good features. They sure do. I was reluctant to let the FF go. I am downsizing...
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    Re: Eastman 404Bk Mandolin review

    Hi Poul

    You will get close to that sound with an Eastman 404 more than the 504 in my opinion. First you need to do with any mandolin you intend to purchase is to get someone to sight down the...
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    Re: Eastman 404Bk Mandolin review

    Well it all depends whether one can afford the independent builder or small shop or not.

    I started this thread so that people who are on a budget can see that they can get almost more or less the...
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    Re: Eastman 404Bk Mandolin review

    Thanks Pat for the clarification.

    It is subtle and yet different with the difference in tone from the different back tone woods. The MD504 just doesn't do it quite for me and it has maple back...
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    Re: Eastman 404Bk Mandolin review

    yes Pat I agree with you that A2Z was special. Basically, Gibson style oval holes work better with beech or mahogany backs. They both give a warmer tone with more echo.
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    Re: Eastman 404Bk Mandolin review

    Steve,

    I left off the last two frets and filled the slots with ebony dust and superglue. So in a way I have scooped the extension. I would do the same if I made an A2 mandolin like it. I am...
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    Re: Eastman 404Bk Mandolin review

    Try this one

    Listen to Eastman 404 test - Tripping up stairs and Southern Comfort by Nicholas Gellie on SoundCloud
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    Re: Eastman 404Bk Mandolin review

    Here is a recording of the Eastman 404. Actually there are two there.

    http://Listen to Eastman 404 test - Tripping up stairs and Southern Comfort by Nicholas Gellie on #SoundCloud...
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    Re: Eastman 404Bk Mandolin review

    Well I have completed the minor overhaul of the fingerboard. All went well with new frets installed. They look really nice on there. I also polished up the top with some polish and a microfibre...
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    Re: Eastman 404Bk Mandolin review

    Yes it is - you know blacktop instruments are sought after in some circles. Anyway it mimics the Gibson A model colour.

    Here it is with new frets on.

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    Re: Eastman 404Bk Mandolin review

    Well yes and no. I have had to work really hard getting consistent. Each fret has to be considered a work of precision.

    I have the Stewmac fretwork book which has some handy hints on how to...
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    Re: Eastman 404Bk Mandolin review

    I bit the bullet and took the old frets off and sanded the slight hump at the 12th fret join. I am now installing Stewmac 147 fretwire. I should be finished at the weekend.

    The fret in the...
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    Re: Eastman 404Bk Mandolin review

    The MD404 has skinny frets. I used to prefer wider frets. The height is pretty much the same on both narrow and medium mandolin frets in most mandolin fretwire. the MD 505 has slightly wider...
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    Re: Eastman 404Bk Mandolin review

    And here it is with its stablemate and cousin the MD505. Both nice looking instruments. They both have their place in my household stable.

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    Next will be the sound clip this...
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    Re: Eastman 404Bk Mandolin review

    Here are some pictures of the headstock and tuners back and front. The tuners work fine better than the Collings MT anyway.

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    The neck profile is a cross between a U and a V - a...
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    Re: Eastman 404Bk Mandolin review

    I said I would show a picture of the string slots on the new bridge. I have not radiused it. I will leave that for later. it is fine for now. I will bring the E course in a little bit to match...
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    Re: Eastman 404Bk Mandolin review

    Hi Poul,

    You can spend a lot of time looking for a good old Gibson A. I did have my eye on a MD404 Bk at TFOA in Holland. You can buy one there at a discounted price for 729E including...
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