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    Default Thoughts on an Eastman MD-515 Mandolin as a first scroll

    Hello all

    I am considering the above instrument as my first scroll mandolin. Your thoughts?
    I have gathered a Beaver Tail flat top, oval hole, a Kentucky 256, a Red Valley EM and a Big Muddy MM-8. Now if I could just learn to play them I maybe be happy.

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    Default Re: Thoughts on an Eastman MD-515 Mandolin as a first scroll

    Great choice!

    Good enough to be the only scroll many folks ever need. Go for the varnish version if you can afford it. They sound terrific.

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    Default Re: Thoughts on an Eastman MD-515 Mandolin as a first scroll

    Great choice !

    I recently purchased a MD515CC as a sub for my Ellis F% deluxe special, which I don't want to use on some gigs.
    The MD515CC has rounded corners/bindings, feels great, had a perfect setup and sounds pretty good. It has nice woodiness and throatiness in the sound, not overly stringy, which is hard to find in a F5 mandolin of that price range. I put Monel strings on it to soften the tone even more. They do an amazing job on it. Before purchasing, I compared it to an Eastman 815 and preferred the 515CC.
    I can highly recommend it.
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    guitars, banjo, dobro, weissenborn, fretless bass, upright bass

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    Personally, I really like my 515 and have never had a problem with it

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    i love my 515 and highly recommend Gabe's Curt Mangan Monels on it.

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    Default Re: Thoughts on an Eastman MD-515 Mandolin as a first scroll

    Sounds like a good combo!
    Charley

    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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