We are very excited to announce the arrival of a new batch of Eastman 300 Series mandolins. This instruments feature a carved spruce top and carved maple back and sides, a Maple neck and Ebony fingerboard and bridge. They all have satin finish and austere ornamentation but the all-solid wood construction has a natural resonance that's tough to beat. We have a good selection of oval-hole and f-hole mandolins in both A and F body shapes. We also have the MDA315 Mandola
, an excellent sounding instrument that won't break the bank.
The Eastman story began in 1992, when the accomplished Chinese musician Qian Ni and a small group of violin makers traveled out of China to look at U.S. and European made violins and apply their design and construction techniques to their own instruments. He started Eastman Strings with the goal to handcraft fine violins and offer them at a reasonable price to the consumer. After much success, Eastman, now the Eastman Music Company, expanded into the Mandolin and Archtop guitar world. Gryphon was an early adopter of Eastman products and has been generally impressed with the quality of instruments produced in the Eastman workshops.