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    Re: Octave mandolin less-expensive choices

    My youngest son bought a Trinity College last year, and it’s a very nice Octave mandolin. We also tried a Gold Tone but were both very underwhelmed with it.
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    Re: What do you keep your picks and stuff in?

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    Here's the tin I use - it's a mint tin bought for me by one of my kids. He says it describes me perfectly!!
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    Re: Check out my new truss rod cover.

    Very nice! Does it glow in the dark when orcs show up?
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    Re: Beginner mandolin U.K - Ozark vs The Loar

    The 305 is streets ahead of the Ozark and, in my personal experience, better than any The Loar I’ve tried too. You have chosen wisely!

    Enjoy the journey.
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    Re: Beginner mandolin U.K - Ozark vs The Loar

    Have bought a few instruments from Eagle music (and know other picking friends who have too) and they've always turned up nicely set up and very playable.

    Hobgoblin stock Kentucky, but their...
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    Re: Northfield Mandolins

    Those A5 Specials do look amazing. Also, totally concur about Northfield quality - I've played several and all of them have been great. I've had my F5S for almost 6 years now.
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    Re: Big Sciota // One Man Jam Session

    It's all really good, but I especially love the harmony mandolin section!
  8. Re: Goodbye to.. my Stiver, my Collings, my Rigel...

    Words fail me. Good luck, and enjoy the chromatic harp.
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    Re: Anyone played a Gold Tone mandola?

    Not played either as a mandola. However, I played a Trinity College and Gold Tone octave mandolin last year, when shopping with my son for an OM. The Trinity College was way better - deeper sound,...
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    Re: Upgrading mandolin

    The Eastman 305 is a good starter mandolin. Tamco and Eagle Music have a good reputation, and will make sure that it’s well set up to play comfortably.

    Never played a Seagull, so I can’t comment...
  11. Re: Low-cost cases/gigbags that FIT WELL for an Eastman 315

    I don’t have one, but a picking friend of mine does, and I’ll throw in a vote for the Travellite too!
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    Re: Pick thickness - how to choose?

    For my tastes, for mandolin I prefer a larger triangle (rather than a teardrop), with points (not rounded), and a pick thickness of around 1.5mm. That gives me a really punchy tone, good bottom end...
  13. Re: Eastman MD 305 unbox - thanks all, I'm a satisfied customer.

    A good choice!
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    Re: Muso Mirror for Practice

    Got to say, the kid in the Muso Mirror link is asking for tendinitis or carpal tunnel issues!
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    Re: Muso Mirror for Practice

    Must admit that I agree with Ray on this one. Just sit in front of a mirror if you want to! :)
  16. Re: New Eastman 305 - how long to play in, does tuning change?

    The Eastman 305 is a good mandolin. One of my sons has one, and it plays and sounds great. The tuners are a bit stiff, but it stays in tune and has a really loud and punchy, woody tone.
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    Re: A good Slaid Cleaves song for 2021

    Broke Down and Hickory are two stunning songs by Slaid Cleaves. A very fine songsmith.
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    Re: ? about Dunlop Primetone picks...

    I used a Prime Tone, large triangle, 1.5mm Dark Brown smooth (non-grippy) pick for about 2 years, until I finally settled on a Blue Chip TP60.

    The Prime Tones are really good picks - they deliver...
  19. Thread: RIP Tony Rice

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    Re: RIP Tony Rice

    Sad news indeed - he was a true master of the acoustic guitar.
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    Re: Thomastik's for MDO-305 Eastman Octave

    Thanks F-D!

    Yeah, I bought a cheaper flat-topped OM last year, used. Been playing it a lot more this year, but it needs new strings, hence the question. Will give the Mandola strings a shot.
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    Re: Thomastik's for MDO-305 Eastman Octave

    Hi Fatt-dad - I'm afraid I can't help you with the Thomastik question, but I have a question for you!

    Just wondering what difference using D'addario 72 Mandola strings made to your OM, rather than...
  22. Re: which is better mass produced mando...Loar or Eastman

    Thanks for the update! Enjoy your new mandolin - I had an Eastman 505 for about 3 years. They're good mandolins.
  23. Re: which is better mass produced mando...Loar or Eastman

    Eastman, without a doubt.
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    Re: Eastman MD305 = AMAZING!

    Hi Bren - the MD305 is around 530 here in the UK.

    One of my sons has one and it's a really good mandolin - loud, woody chop, and great tone. The tuners aren't the best, but it plays (and stays)...
  25. Re: Advice: new Hohner A style vs Kentucky KM-150

    If itís a straight choice between the KM150 and the Hohner, then the Kentucky wins hands down.

    However, the Eastman 305 is also a great sounding mandolin.
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