I was going to do this in the earlier thread I started but it seems to be a tradition around here to start a thread for a new instrument day. So here it is.
Went to The Guitar Center yesterday to play with as many brands as possible in one stop. Tried the MM, Dean, Epi, Alverez Fender and Washburn. They were all a big step up from the Kay but I walked out empty handed.
This morning I went to a small mom & pop music store. I saw an ad announcing that after 55 years they were closing their store as of July 31. There were a lot of empty spots on the wall but in mandolins they had; 2 Savannah, 1 Johnson, 2 Eastman and 1 Gibson. I never heard of anything but Gibson. By the price I knew the first two were starters. The Gibson was nearly $800 so that was out. That left Eastman. What a sweet piece! The action is nice and low and the intonation is perfect. I can make nice clean chords that I had trouble with on the Kay. They retailed for $599.00 but one of them was "blemished" and marked down to $475.00. Still a bit more than I wanted to spend so I decided to make an offer. Keeping in mind they were closing the store next month, I pulled out 4 $100 dollar bills and asked if he would accept it. He looked at me for a second and said; "Give me a minute." Went into his office, came back in less than a minute and said; "You got a deal."
So I spent $100 more than I planned, plus $15 for the strap and I'm now the proud owner of an Eastman MD315. I couldn't find the blemish until he pointed it out to me. The scroll on the headstock was apparently broke off during shipping. They had glued it back on and once I knew where it was it was easy to see. Doesn't affect the playability or structural soundness but they felt they couldn't sell it for full retail.
So here it is. Nice natural wood finish.
And here you can see the crack where the scroll was glued back on.
OK. I've done this before so I don't know why the pics aren't coming up. I double checked and everything seems to be right.
Oppps. Copied the wrong code. Now we got it.
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