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    Anyone here have knowledge of these Mandolins? I'm a lefty player and playing with the idea of adding Mandolin to my repertoire. I found a lefty Eastman for a nice price. What are you thoughts?

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    I was a mandolin player before I was a uke player, and Eastman mandolins are a great choice. They are made in China by a company with a long history of building carved-top musical instruments. Eastman started with violin family instruments, then adapted their methodology to make a series of archtop guitars which were a huge success. With the success of the guitars, Eastman moved into mandolins. I have owned several Eastman mandolins in all ranges, from the low to the high end, and all are quite good. In fact, cost seems to have little to do with sound quality; some of the best-sounding Eastmans I ever played were the "lower-end" models.

    Eastman mandolins are completely hand-made, so there is natural variation between any two, so one may sound different from another. But for a reasonably-priced import mandolin, I think they are perhaps the best available.



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    Or, how about any of the Mandolins on this page? Folk Musician seems to carry primarily Kentucky or Morgan Monroe. Both look really nice. And there's also a Loar Mandolin too. Now to youtube videos for research.

    http://www.folkmusician.com/Left-Han...roducts/52/1/0
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    I have had the same experience and agree with Rich M. Yes, Eastman mandolins are a great choice.

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    Thanks Folks. The Eastman Mandolins do look nice. I was trying to find a Mandolin company that manufactures their instruments in the USA but, alas, I have no idea who does and who doesn't. The Eastman do sound amazing to my ears. The Loar and Morgan Monroe are coming in at 2nd and 3rd place. For me, it's all about finding an instrument that will make me happy. Know what I mean?

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    Wow, just checked out Mandolin Cafe and found out about Big Muddy Mandolins. For the price I think I'm going with one of theirs. They sound frigging amazing and they will setup one as a lefty for me. Their prices are amazing too. Oh, and did I mention they are a small operation and build them all by hand?

    http://bigmuddymandolin.com/store/

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    Big Muddy are very good mandolins. They used to be manufactured under the name Mid-Missouri, or "Mid-Mo;" you can probably find a lot of information about them under that name as well. They are flat-top mandolins, built similarly to a guitar or ukulele, as opposed to mandolins with a carved archtop, as Eastman makes. The tone is very different; not better or worse, just different. If you enjoy the flat-top tone, Big Muddy is a great choice. Their prices are exceptional and the quality is excellent.



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    Thanks Rich. I'm waiting to hear back from Michael. I have also checked out Michael Monroe and like the sound I'm hearing from them as well as The Loar. It's nice to have a few different choices for a lefty. Cheers.

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    I have an Eastman 315 and love it. I got it this summer and have been taking some Skype lessons with a well known mandolinist. The tone is nice and lots of people have commented that they like it. For the price I think i got a great instrument.

    My only beef was there were a few finish flaws especially around the scroll area, doesn't make it sound any worse and I got this at a discount from a store going out of business.

    I see you've found mandolin cafe so hang out over there for awhile and check out the classifieds.
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    BigSky, yup, I'm loving the Mandolin Cafe. People are a little slower to answer on a few threads but everyone is super nice like the Uke community. I think it's because the Ukulele community and Mandolin communities are small, and creative community and that's what unites us. I will definitely be checking it out more. Alas, there are not many lefty instruments in the classified section. However, I have been turned on to a few instrument makers and am now looking at Mandolin makers in the USA. Eastman and Michael Monroe are a backup for me. Also, another instrument I saw, Delta Ridge Mandolin, I have a few questions about. I'm waiting to hear back from someone that acquired one. Apparently these mandolin were made by Southwest Strings but their Mandolin business never really took up so that have ceased production. I have no idea where they were made but the price that they are selling their remaining stock for is dang awesome.

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