A good, low-cost travel mandolin?
I'll be going out of the country for a good deal of the summer and have been looking to see if I can find a relatively inexpensive travel-sized mandolin. All I have found so far is the Weber Sweetpea, and though a beautiful little instrument, it is outside of my price range (and it's nice enough that I would weep if anything befell it on the plane or elsewhere). Can anyone suggest a good, inexpensive travel acoustic? Does anyone know where I could find such a thing (ebay is dead right now for them)? Or would I be better off restringing a soprano uke in fifths?
"When I heard what Socrates had done on the lyre, I wished indeed even [I had done] that...but certainly I labored hard in letters!" - Cicero, "Cato the Elder on Old Age"
Mastercraft MSF400 F-style mandolin
Late 19th Century Ferrari(?) Bowlback
No-name, early 20th Century British Mandoline-Banjo
1960s Harmony Baritone Ukelele
The Magic Fluke Flea Soprano Ukelele (in 5ths!)
1910 German Stradivarius 1717 copy, unknown maker
1890(?) German Stradivarius 1725 copy, G.A. Pfreztschner, maker