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    Default Eastman 305 & 315 blemished

    The Mandolin Store has blemished Eastman 305 & 315 mandolins at $125-$150 off. Pre Black Friday sale.
    Eastman MD-514 (F body, Sitka & maple, oval hole)
    Kentucky KM-250 (A body, spruce & maple, f holes)

    And still saving my nickles & dimes & bottle caps & breakfast cereal box tops for my lifetime mandolin.

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    Thanks to this post I finally got a nice mandolin. It just got here today and I don't even see any blemishes. I was going to buy a new 305 anyway after some reading in this forum. It was nice to save some money though.

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    Good for you. The 305s are nice. Wish I had spent just a little more and got a 305 when I bought my KM-250, but oh well.

    I am trying SO HARD to NOT buy an Eastman 314, F-body with an oval sound hole. I've got the nickels & dimes squirrelled away in a coffee can, but I keep telling myself that I'm saving up for a NICER mandolin later. Like, two years from now later.

    But a nicer mandolin later doesn't keep me from wanting an OK mandolin NOW.
    Eastman MD-514 (F body, Sitka & maple, oval hole)
    Kentucky KM-250 (A body, spruce & maple, f holes)

    And still saving my nickles & dimes & bottle caps & breakfast cereal box tops for my lifetime mandolin.

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    A retailer can get around distributor price agreements by selling new stuff as 'blemished' to lower the price,
    at least occasionally.

    Glad you got a nice instrument!

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    Default Re: Eastman 305 & 315 blemished

    I got my 315 from TMS last year about this time. It was discounted as being blemished. I still have yet to find a blemish.

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    Dan, everyone needs an F to go with their A mandolins. Just do it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan in NH View Post
    Good for you. The 305s are nice. Wish I had spent just a little more and got a 305 when I bought my KM-250, but oh well.

    I am trying SO HARD to NOT buy an Eastman 314, F-body with an oval sound hole. I've got the nickels & dimes squirrelled away in a coffee can, but I keep telling myself that I'm saving up for a NICER mandolin later. Like, two years from now later.

    But a nicer mandolin later doesn't keep me from wanting an OK mandolin NOW.
    You'll be happy in the short term, but you will still want the NICER mandolin, and then you will be farther away from getting it. I say keep saving for what you really want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobP View Post
    You'll be happy in the short term, but you will still want the NICER mandolin, and then you will be farther away from getting it. I say keep saving for what you really want.
    Yeah, thatís what I keep telling myself.

    Iíve got my eye on an Eastman 815/v, F body with f holes, Adirondack spruce top, and a violin varnish finish.

    Iíve even managed to track down the last two NIB 815/vís currently existing ďin the wildĒ (last four actually, but two of them are in Europe).

    Now itís just a matter of socking away my nickels & dimes & bottle caps & breakfast cereal box tops.

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    What others say - save your money. Unless your current mandolin is really impeding your progress, or you've developed to the point where you really need something different, time is better spent just playing/practicing, and when you have the money, you'll be in a much better place to evaluate the available candidates.

    Having had an older MD815/v, now in the [able] hands of our son, I have to say that once you get in that $2k+ area, you really should try to expand your view, and IMO, find a used Northfield F5S to try. Might take a little more coin, and time, but none of these things are true rarities, and employing your fingers and ears (i.e., vs. fixating on a brand/model) is going to serve you better in the long run.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keith.rogers View Post
    What others say - save your money. Unless your current mandolin is really impeding your progress, or you've developed to the point where you really need something different, time is better spent just playing/practicing, and when you have the money, you'll be in a much better place to evaluate the available candidates.
    Allow me to be the contrarian. A used mandolin, appropriately depreciated, will give you pleasure in the short term and hold its value while you plot your following purchase in the long term.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pheffernan View Post
    Allow me to be the contrarian. A used mandolin, appropriately depreciated, will give you pleasure in the short term and hold its value while you plot your following purchase in the long term.
    'got to agree. I had a 305 for two years that I sold locally and got every penny I put into it. I have an 815v for two years and the value, according to classifieds, has increased by $600.
    Apparently investing in mandolins is a safer bet than my retirement account.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pheffernan View Post
    Allow me to be the contrarian. A used mandolin, appropriately depreciated, will give you pleasure in the short term and hold its value while you plot your following purchase in the long term.
    ? I didn't say anything about buying new. (Both the Eastman I gave away and Northfield were "previously owned.")
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    Quote Originally Posted by gspiess View Post
    ... Apparently investing in mandolins is a safer bet than my retirement account.
    Now if I could get my DH to believe this, I'd be all set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keith.rogers View Post
    ? I didn't say anything about buying new. (Both the Eastman I gave away and Northfield were "previously owned.")
    I wasn’t suggesting that you did; rather, I was offering a different perspective on the advice, shared by many, that the OP should save his money and wait. In my opinion and experience, buying used and appropriately depreciated mitigates the risk of lost value and allows for more immediate gratification.
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    I got a blemish from the Mandolin Store a couple of weeks ago. Came with a good setup and gig bag. As for the blemish?? There might be a small spot on the back, or a small light streak in the fingerboard. I own Taylor guitars and love the streaked fingerboards. One thing they were up front about, they would guarantee the instrument for 3 years, but no factory warranty.

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