Hi Rico; I'm thinking a short-scale (less than 20") electric octave might really appeal to me. I was hoping the Eastwood Airline would be a fairly inexpensive way for me to find this out. [My plan was to restring it to 4 strings: G(52)-D(38)-A(26)-E(14)]. Then, if I liked this instrument as much as I suspect I will, I'd custom order a short-scale octave and sell the Eastwood when the new one was delivered. That's all moot now, as the flat board is a deal-breaker for me.
Too bad...It's hard enough to find mandolins to try before buying...Imagine walking into a music shop..."Excuse me, do you have any short-scale, electric, octave mandolins with radiused fretboards?". Actually, I might ask this the next time I'm in Guitar Center just to see the look on the poor clerk's face!