Eastman MDO 305 Octave Mandola with Deluxe Gig Bag

Code: MDO305
RRP £959.00
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Individually hand-crafted using time-honored methods & premium hand-carved all solid tonewoods with solid Spruce top, solid Maple back & sides. Ebony fingerboard & adjustable ebony bridge. A-style body with F-holes for warm, ringing tones & excellent sound projection. Tuned GDAE and supplied in a deluxe Eastman gig bag. See below for details

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Eastman MDO 305 Octave Mandola specifications

  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1-3/8"
  • Fretwire: 23 Jescar FW37053
  • Scale Length: 21"
  • Body Style: Large A-Style
  • Body Dimensions: 16.5" x 12" x 1-7/8"
  • Bracings: Parallel
  • Body Top: Carved Solid Spruce
  • Body Back/Sides: Carved Solid Maple
  • S-Holes: Yes, unbound
  • Head Cap Veneer Material: Ebony
  • Truss Rod: Single Acting
  • Headstock: A-Style
  • Binding Material: Ivoroid
  • Logo: Eastman
  • Logo Material: Maple
  • Inlay: Dot
  • Inlay Material: Pearl
  • Side Dot Color: Black
  • Color: Classic
  • Hardware Color: Chrome
  • Tailpiece: Stamped Chrome w/cover
  • Bridge: Fitted Adjustable Ebony 1-29/32" spacing
  • Turners: Chrome
  • Strings: D'Addario EJ80 Strings

Individual Eastman Serial Number: Yes

Tuning: Standard Octave Mandola unison tuning GDAE

Finish: Satin Lacquer

Case/Gig Bag: Eastman embroidered Deluxe padded gig bag with internal neck support

Warranty: Eastman Limited Lifetime Warranty

Set-Up: Each Eastman we supply is individually set up in our on-site Specialist Workshop here at Eagle Music. Any Eastman purchased from Eagle will be fully SET UP, checked for intonation and playability and tuned ready for playing straight out of the box!

More information about Eastman
Eastman instruments are played by professional musicians worldwide and are famous for the richness and beauty of their finishes. We have drawn on hundreds of years of stringed instrument making tradition to handcraft the instrument you now own.
In 1992, Qian Ni, who had come to the United States from China to study music, founded Eastman Strings. In the beginning, he and his two musician colleagues bought instruments from Western-trained violin makers from their home town in China, but before long, they saw that a different approach was needed.
Mr. Ni hired a group of established master violinmakers, and with their help, he established a large master violin workshop devoted to the handcrafting of instruments—one of the first the world had known since the first half of the 20th century. In the short time since this workshop was founded, the reputation of Eastman Strings’ instruments for tonal quality and craftsmanship excellence has become a worldwide standard.
After establishing the instrument making workshop, Qian Ni went on to found a bow making workshop based on the same principals. In both workshops, master makers train and oversee talented woodworkers to create some of the world’s finest student, step-up, and professional instruments and bows. Today, the instrument and bow 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 and bows, using methods centuries old.
Thanks to Eastman Strings, string players today have advantages unknown to earlier generations: quality instruments, bows, and cases available world-wide at affordable prices.
Eastman Strings had been accepted as high quality handcrafted instruments, so Mr. Ni identified the need for hand crafted arch top guitars at an affordable price. Following the same good practices established by the violin shop, a studied approach was applied to the arch top guitar. Numerous vintage models were studied and the first guitars were built by the most gifted staff of the shop.
The results exceeded expectations and became an immediate hit among players of all levels. Rapidly Eastman was established as an extremely high quality- high value, affordable arch top guitar manufacturer. It was only logical that Eastman continued to branch out into the mandolin family of instruments, various electric guitars and flat top acoustic guitars. All products have been highly regarded by players and used everywhere from homes to major concert stages internationally.
The story of Eastman does not stop with stringed instruments. In addition to fine violins, stringed instruments, guitars and mandolins, Eastman has become a major name in the band instrument business. Eastman builds woodwind and brass instruments and has continued the tradition of high quality at a low cost.
Most recently, Eastman became the owner of Haynes flutes, one of the most regarded brands ever and continues to operate that company in the tradition of Haynes. In the future you can be sure that Eastman will continue its fine tradition of craftsmanship and exceptional value in every Eastman instrument produced.


Mandolin Type
Octave Mandola

Brand Specifics

Range / Series
Octave Series


Body Shape
A-Style (Teardrop)
Body Soundhole Shape
Build Type
All Solid
Instrument Top
Sitka Spruce
Hand Carved
Eastman Cast Aluminium Tailpiece
Adjustable ebony compensated bridge


Neck Material
Nut Material
Nut Width
1 3/8" (35mm)
Truss Rod Fitted
Number of Frets
Scale Length
21" (535mm)


Headstock Type
Tuning Pegs
Open geared side tuners
Tuner Buttons
White Plastic




Right or Left Handed
Right Handed
Supplied with Case/Gig Bag
Gig Bag
Manufacturers Warranty
Limited Lifetime Guarantee
Limited Lifetime

Customer reviews

5 / 5
4 reviews for Eastman MDO 305 Octave Mandola with Deluxe Gig Bag
Reviews.io customer reviews
David Mcdonald
It would be unreasonable of me to review this instrument as I asked for significant changes to it, I can however highly praise the build quality and design.

It is an amazing instrument
Rated 5 out of 5
Esme Bellew-Dunn
An excellent instrument, already beloved by the person I purchased it for.
Rated 5 out of 5
Daniel Thomas
Great instrument.
Rated 5 out of 5
Christopher Hemsworth
Eastman have produced an excellent instrument, which plays well, looks good and sounds magnificent. I use it as a melody instrument and it works very well for me particularly as it has unison courses (like a mandolin). It is very resonant!
Rated 5 out of 5

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