The Pup (deluxe) - Oval-hole Flat Top Mandolin
If you're in the market for a decent flat-top mandolin for under $2k, you have to try The Pup (deluxe pictured here) by Mando Mo Strings. This is a beautiful instrument with flamed maple back, sides and neck, solid spruce top, Mando Mo ebony bridge, Optima strings imported from Germany, Tusq nut, and 18:1 tuners. The instrument was hand-carved and constructed with air-dried (3-5 years) tonewood, top tap-tuned to A440 frequency.
"I love the Mando Mo Pup. I’ve seen lots of budget-priced mandolins, and none match the quality yours offer. The junior size of the Pup is truly perfect for my seven-year-od granddaughters’ hands, but it is also large enough for her dad to get started playing the mandolin. Having spent a couple of weeks with it, I now regret promising to pass along to them this very solid and sweet-sounding instrument!" ~ Will Melton, South Hadley MA