The 2005 Eastman 814 is a professional grade F4-style hand build oval hole mandolin. Hand carved from solid woods. Solid Adirondack Spruce top, highly flamed Maple back, sides, and neck. Full binding on the body, a cast tailpiece, Ebony fingerboard and bridge.
This Eastman 814 is equipped with a new 34 mm neck instead of the original to offer better playability to players with larger hands. Known for having more treble attack and percussive “chop” than oval hole instruments, F-hole mandolins are the first choice in ensemble settings where volume competition can be an issue. Oval-hole mandolins possess throaty and vocal tonal characteristics that are wonderfully compatible with mandolin orchestras, and Celtic/folk music. These mandolins also produce a perceived ambient reverb, due to the oval-hole opening lying directly below the courses of strings.
Eastman stringed instruments are an incredible value and will challenge most handcrafted acoustic guitar builders. Eastman Guitars are not “Made in China,” they are proudly hand-crafted in Beijing. In our increasingly global economy, this is an important distinction to make. Founded in 1992 by a Chinese music student named Qian Ni, Eastman initially gained their reputation in the world of violin making. In fact, they still operate in the manner of a 19th century violin workshop, with a team of master luthiers crafting instruments largely by hand, except for a few band-saws used for neck outlines. Eastman’s handcrafted mandolins pay tribute to traditional build methods and body styles while delivering a balanced and refined tone. This mandolin is no exception. With the slightly fatter neck she delivers an even more solid tone. Her condition is very good with no technical issues. Play marks and dings are visible and contribute to the aged look. She has seen the stage! Consignment. No trades.
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