Mandolins from Eastman, "The Loar," Kentucky
Ordering
We focus on reasonably priced imported mandolin family instruments.  We will special order
anything from Eastman, Kentucky, and "The Loar".

  • We do a thorough setup on each instrument
  • We will do custom setups
  • We shop our suppliers for discounted instruments, passing along the savings

How we sell:

  • Images and description on our eBay store
  • Videos on youtube
  • Prices direct are always better than on eBay - eBay costs more to sell on
  • We special order anything you want from our suppliers

Upgrades and hot rodding:

  • Cumberland Acoustics bridge - solid tone, better intonation, easily adjusted $125 installed
  • Mandovoodoo (tm) Optimization - a complex system of balancing out the ribs, bars, bridge,
    ports, and plates to reduce noise and increase clarity, sweetness, and resonance

Current stock: See our eBay store, but you're welcome to save money by buying direct.
EBay costs us more money, but they do offer some aspects some people like.


Please call with any questions, 865-995-9546
 
Eastman Mandolins

The instrument making workshops of Eastman Strings operate in precisely the same manner as
late 19th century European workshops. They have virtually no power tools aside from the band
saws used to cut out the necks and the outlines of the tops and backs of instruments.  Chisels,
knives, gouges, and scrapers, in the hands of outstandingly gifted craftspeople, are the primary
tools used to create these modern instruments, using methods centuries old.  We attempt to stock
a variety of the large Eastman line and will gladly find out what's in stock at Eastman, order it, set it
up, and ship it to you.  
Eastman's website.  

Contact us for current prices:

  • 305    A style, F hole, STRIPPED DOWN, matt finish, gigbag $495 list
  • 315    F style, F hole, STRIPPED DOWN, matt finish, gigbag $795 list
  • 504   A style, oval hole, BASIC model, gloss, shaped case $750 list
  • 505   A style, F hole, BASIC model, gloss, shaped case, $750 list
  • 514   F style, oval hole, BASIC model, gloss, shaped case, $1250 list
  • 515   F style, F hole, BASIC model, gloss, shaped case, $1250 list
  • 604   A style, oval hole, STANDARD model, gloss, rect. case, $950 list
  • 605   A style, F hole, STANDARD model, gloss, rect. case, $950 list
  • 614   F style, oval hole, STANDARD model, gloss, rect. case, $1550 list
  • 615   F style, F hole, STANDARD model, gloss, rect. case, $1550 list
  • 805    A style, F hole, UPGRADED model, gloss, $1250 list
  • 815    F style, F hole, UPGRADED model, gloss, $1850 list
  • 815v  Varnished  F style, DISCONTINUED
  • 905    2 point, F hole, SPECIAL model, $1850 list
  • 915    F style, F hole, SPECIAL MODEL, $2850 list
  • DGM 1    Giacomel Contemporary F style, DAWG SERIES, $3495 list
  • DGM 2    Bacon Oval hole, DAWG SERIES, $2695 list
  • DGM3   Lyon & Healy Mandola, DAWG SERIES, $2695 list
  • MDA-815   Mandola, F style, $1995 list
  • MDC-805   Mandocello, guitar body, $2395 list
Kentucky & Loar Mandolins

Introduced in the late 1970s in response to players’ and collectors’ requests for a mandolin that
duplicated the best vintage instruments in every point of tone, appearance and finish. Kentucky
Master Models are again being constructed to the same standard of quality. Only the finest
American spruce and maple is hand-carved and graduated for the tops and backs.

Lots of work has gone into getting the detailing and tone right on these.  Really benefit from
Cumberland Acoustic bridge and Mandovoodoo.

Contact us for current prices:

  • LM-220-VS  Loar A / F, decent beginner model, X braced
  • LM-400       Loar A style, F hole, no tone bars, very open
  • LM-520-VS  F / F very basic
  • LM-600       Loar F mandolin with tone bars
  • LM-700       No tone bars, high quality, big sound
  • KM-1000    Kentucky Master Model Mandolin, special order, call for current price
 
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