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Eastman MD404-BK Black A-style Mandolin (oval hole, Solid Spruce top, Solid Mahogany back and sides, Black top, w/Case)

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michael k.
Long Time Coming

I was pleased to finally receive my mandolin after a wait of 3 months due to supply the chain problems which are all too common at the moment. It arrived within a week of dispatch from Richards Guitars and in perfect condition with the added strap button as requested.
I did feel that the action had been set too low as the the first and second strings frizzed more than was acceptable, this also affected the volume of the instrument which was lower than expected. I replaced the supplied strings with a set of Thomastik lights and raised the action which improved the tone and increased the volume.
The MD404 is very well made and is obviously a quality instrument but I did expect it to better in terms of playability - I have played a few mandolins costing less than half the price which were more comfortable and supple on the fingers. I suspect that there are one or two rogue frets that make the top string frizz even though I have raised the action. Having said this I do think that like some quality instruments it needs a period of playing-in to bring out the best and mould it more to my own style of playing. Maybe you could contact Eastman and ask them about this - i.e. whether this is usual with this model.

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michael k.
Long Time Coming

I was pleased to finally receive my mandolin after a wait of 3 months due to supply the chain problems which are all too common at the moment. It arrived within a week of dispatch from Richards Guitars and in perfect condition with the added strap button as requested.
I did feel that the action had been set too low as the the first and second strings frizzed more than was acceptable, this also affected the volume of the instrument which was lower than expected. I replaced the supplied strings with a set of Thomastik lights and raised the action which improved the tone and increased the volume.
The MD404 is very well made and is obviously a quality instrument but I did expect it to better in terms of playability - I have played a few mandolins costing less than half the price which were more comfortable and supple on the fingers. I suspect that there are one or two rogue frets that make the top string frizz even though I have raised the action. Having said this I do think that like some quality instruments it needs a period of playing-in to bring out the best and mould it more to my own style of playing. Maybe you could contact Eastman and ask them about this - i.e. whether this is usual with this model.