Buchanan The 'Flat Top' Walnut Octave Mandola

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A full sounding octave mandola from an excellent British luthier ...The Thomas Buchanan 'Flat Top' walnut octave mandola has a solid spruce soundboard with a neat inlaid soundhole rosette, solid walnut back and sides, rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot markers and a mahogany neck. The rosewood pin bridge has a bone saddle for maximum transmission of sound. Buchanan octave mandolas are double strung as standard.
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Buy your Buchanan The 'Flat Top' Walnut Octave Mandola from Eagle Music Shop and receive our premier workshop setup at no extra cost.

The Thomas Buchanan ...octave mandola or octave mandolin as it is sometimes called in the U.S and Canada, are both terms to describe this instrument.

The octave mandola is tuned G D A E from the low strings to the high.

The octave mandola is tuned one octave below the mandolin. It is a favourite with Irish tenor banjo and mandolin players that can adopt the same G D A E fingering for playing chords and tunes. It is an excellent session instrument for chord work or solo tune playing.

This hand built 'Buchanan' instrument has a scale length of 500mm making it one of the shortest in the market.

Build Specifications:-

  • Solid Spruce top
  • Solid walnut back & Sides
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Rosewood and maple body binding
  • Closed plate 'Mini' Gotoh tuners
  • Octave Mandola Scale Length 500mm
  • Nut Width 34mm
  • Width at 12th Fret 42mm
  • Scale length 500mm 
  • Total Length 850mm
  • Body Depth 100mm
  • Body Width 335mm
  • Fitted with a set of eight precision geared, closed plate 'Gotoh' Mini tuners
Delivery & Returns

We will endeavor to ensure that orders are speedily processed and despatched the same day if at all possible.

Ordered items requiring setting up in the workshop will be despatched within 1-2 days using Interlink Express Next Day Delivery (next day being the day after it leaves Eagle Music Shop).

You will be informed immediately if there is a problem with any part of your order or if any item is 'out of stock'.

You can read our full deliveries policy here.

Should you not be entirely happy with your purchase, or you have ordered an incorrect item, Eagle Music is happy to refund your purchase (excluding postage) within 28 days providing the goods are in a fully resaleable condition (including the original undamaged packaging) and not featured within the Exclusion Policy. (Exclusions apply to selected products).

Please note the following exclusions:

DVD's and CD's cannot be returned unless they are faulty

Banjo heads cannot be returned once you have tried to fit them to your banjo

Harmonica's have a 7 day guarantee and can be returned within this time if they are found to be faulty

Goods must be returned to Eagle Music together with a covering letter and contact details so that the matter can be dealt with efficiently and promptly.

You can read our full returns policy here.


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