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The Tortoise - by Mando Mo Strings

Introducing the Tortoise F5-style mandolin with gorgeous tortoiseshell binding

$445.00 instrument $495.00 w/hard shell case $520.00 w/shipping
I take PayPal.  Simply send the amount to sweetmusic@protonmail.com make sure your SHIPPING address is included (not your billing address) so I send it to the right place.  I ship via FedEx Ground.  You can also pick one up at my studio in Granby, MA.  Use the Contact form on the sidebar to let me know what you'd like to do.



The Tortoise by Mando Mo Strings is a lovely instrument to play!  It has a gorgeous sound and the slightly narrower neck (other widths are available - please ask) makes it easier to play by people with smaller hands, or someone transitioning to the mandolin from the violin.  With a standard sized body, this model is available in F and A styles.

The Tortoise comes with:
  • Solid Spruce Top, 
  • Solid Maple Back and Sides 
  • Solid Maple Neck
  • Tortoise Binding Top, Back, Neck, Head stock 
  • Pearl inlay Fret Markers
  • Pearl inlay Mando Mo Logo
  • Nut width Standard 1 1/8"  or  Wide nut version 1 3/16" 
  • Bone Nut
  • Brekke Adjustable Bridge
  • Adjustable Truss Rod










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“Bruce Weber Signed 1994 Flatiron A5 Jr Price  $1100
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Contact Info:
Tim Logan 480-695-2436 15 Town Farm Road Shutesbury Nz7c.ham@gmail.com
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