A year or so ago I bought an inexpensive mandolin and have been hooked ever since. I spend most of my time on this instrument now however it isn’t great for when trying to entrain by yourself. Hence considering the Octave Mandolin which has the volume and resonance of a guitar with the punch of a mandolin.
I purchased another brand of instrument somewhere else earlier this year but when unboxed it was clearly a shop sample, had sun damage, rusted strings, some kind of residue on the fret board and generally in unacceptable condition so was returned.
After further research I came across the Eastman which is higher spec and more expensive than I had originally planned but the reviews were very good. I found one with Richard and after a number of exchanges felt he was someone I could trust, especially after my previous poor experience.
The instrument arrived a few weeks after ordering and I must say exceeded my expectations. The sound tone and feel are exceptional, the build quality superb and I feel I now have a professional grade instrument which will give me many years of playing pleasure.
Overall I am very happy with my decision both on the instrument and with the service I received from Richard.
Already looking forward to my next Eastman from Rguitars!