Bluegrass mandolins hand made in China from £500
I first saw these amazing mandolins in the states in 2003 and was very impressed. They are hand made by individual luthiers in China (see photos of my visit below). They are all hand carved from the finest solid tone woods, some of the flamed maple has as fine a figuring as you will see. Each one comes with solid cast tailpiece and a fitted light-weight violin style case.
After my visit to the Beijing factory I can confirm that all the work is by hand (tops and backs are hand carved from the solid piece, not even roughed out by CNC). The factory is well lit with plenty of room for the craftsmen and women with good working conditions.
PHOTOS ARE NOT OF THE MANDOLIN IN STOCK.
Eastman model numbers.
5/6/8 at the beginning indicates specifications/model range, followed by:
04 A style, oval hole.
05 A style, F hole.
14 F style, oval hole.
15 F style F hole.
Eastman 905 blonde two point USED£950.00In stockBeautiful blonde 905 two point in excellent condition with a few light back buckle marks.
Eastman DG1 Giacomel USED.£1,850.00In stockNew price for these now is £2579. This one is in excellent condition.
Corrado Giacomel is one of the world's top mandolin luthiers. A few years ago he astounded traditionalists with a radical new take on the F5. Non other than David Grisman (aka The Dawg) was so impressed; with the look, workmanship and sound that he represented him in the US of A. Not long after The Dawg and Eastman mandolins got together and agreed to produce a limited number of reproductions of instruments from the Dawg's famous collection. The DG1 Giacomel is the first of the series.
I remember when I first saw photos of the Giacomel. I just couldn't decide whether I liked the look or not. Years later I still hadn't made my mind up and decided I had to wait until I saw one.. it still took me a few days (and my appreciation of radical design is well known) but now I love it.
This beauty came in set up with very light nickel strings (.032 - .09) and an action so low you couldn't have fitted a banker's conscience under it, I really didn't care for the sound. Ted Eschliman of Jazz Mando described a DG1 as having no chop and a slight lack of authoritative lows. With a set of J75s and action high enough for a banker's bonus (that's the kind they should get at 2 mm at the 12th on the G) it has a fantastic rich tone. It chops and barks and has a full and resonant bass as well as a strong mid range and sweet clear trebles.
Eastman 504 A style oval hole£535.00In stockFree UK mainland delivery.
When I started TAMCO back in 2001, I never thought I would be able to offer a bluegrass mandolin (by this I mean carved top and back not F5) of this quality for such a price. All solid woods, hand carved top and back and solid cast tailpiece. It has lots of bass and sustain, with rich mids and clear trebles. With shaped violin style lightweight hardshell case. Classic finish.
Eastman 505 A style F hole£535.00In stockFree UK mainland delivery.
Unbelievable value, solid spruce, hand carved top, solid maple (hand carved) back and sides, and solid cast tailpiece, triple bound top, unbound back. Great tone, good resonance and plenty of the bluegrass bark and chop. With shaped violin style lightweight hardshell case. Classic finish.
Eastman 515 F Style F Hole£865.00In stockFree UK mainland delivery.
An amazing value F5 in hand carved all solid woods, spruce and maple, solid cast tailpiece, triple bound top, single bound neck, ebony fingerboard, nickel fittings. Fantastic value and a banjo killer too, lots of volume, bark and chop. With shaped violin style lightweight hardshell case. Classic finish.
Eastman 604 A style oval holeSoldFree UK mainland delivery.
All solid spruce/flamed maple A style, oval hole with triple binding on top, back and single bound headstock, nickel fittings, including Schaller tuners and a solid cast tailpiece, ebony fingerboard. Lovely bass and balance with clear mids and trebles. With fitted violin-style rectangular lightweight hardshell case. Classic finish.
Eastman 605 A style F holeSoldOut of stock next delivery due Spring 2013. £659.
Free UK mainland delivery.
The 605 has hand carved all solid woods, with flamed maple back and sides, nickel hardware, triple bound front and back and single bound headstock and a solid cast tailpiece. It's got the cut beloved of bluegrass players with good balance for all styles of music. With fitted violin style lightweight rectangular hardshell case. Classic finish.
Eastman 614 F style oval holeSoldFree UK mainland delivery.
All solid, spruce and flamed maple with black/diamond rosette, ebony fingerboard, nickel fittings, solid tailpiece and Schaller tuners, triple bound front and back and single bound headstock. Lots of deep and resonant oval hole sound with strong mids and ringing trebles. Comes with violin style fitted rectangular hard-shell case.
Eastman 615 F style F hole£1,075.00In stockFree UK mainland delivery.
An all solid woods spruce/flamed maple hand made, hand carved F5. Triple bound top, back and single bound headstock, solid cast tailpiece, Schaller tuners, plenty of bark and chop, and projection and volume to battle those ba*jos. With fitted violin style hard-shell case. Classic finish.
Eastman 815 F style f holeSoldOut of stock next delivery due Spring 2013. £1295.
Free UK mainland delivery.
This is a very lot of mandolin for the money!! A beautiful F5 mandolin with solid spruce top and solid flamed maple back and sides. Schaller tuners, solid cast tailpiece, triple bound top, back and headstock. Great projection and balance, plenty of cut for that noisy jam, a bluegrass player's dream. Very solid bass and clear, ringing trebles with plenty of sustain across the tonal range. Comes with violin style rectangular fitted hard-shell case. Classic finish.