2006 Eastman MD615
I bought this mandolin to play while I had my Gibson F5-V
worked on. I ended up only using it on one gig. Now that I
have my Gibson back I don’t play the Eastman any more. I
guess I was looking for an excuse to try an Eastman mandolin.
It is a well made solid wood good quality instrument. It is
basically new. It has a good resonant back on it. It has good
sustain as well. The tone is good but not as refined as my
Gibson. I think it needs to be played for a while to get its
full voice. It is better than the Michael Kellys and the Kentuckys.
Out of curiosity I have tried both.
It is not an F5-V. It is a spare so if anything does happen
to my F5-V that requires me to have it worked on this would
be there for me. But I guess I would sell it as well for the
right price though and take my chances on my Gibson. Time will
tell its fate. It finally got sold.