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    I just ordered a mda315 from the mandolin store, with k and k installed. I asked the same question, and they simply replied no case. Being naive, I wondered how the mda815 was shipped and did it have a case. Are they that different in size? I am assuming that since no one here suggested it, that they are different. Either way, I am eagerly awaiting the Mandola, and will look into making a case out of something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Freddyfingers View Post
    Are they that different in size?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Freddyfingers View Post
    I just ordered a mda315 from the mandolin store, with k and k installed. I asked the same question, and they simply replied no case. Being naive, I wondered how the mda815 was shipped and did it have a case. Are they that different in size? I am assuming that since no one here suggested it, that they are different. Either way, I am eagerly awaiting the Mandola, and will look into making a case out of something.
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Yes
    That's really weird. My previous MDA815 mandola was 29" long, and the new MDA315 is supposedly 29" long, yet that photo from Mike has the two mandolas with not just different outer dimensions, but even radically different scale lengths.

    Which of the two Eastman pages for the two different mandola models is wrong?

    https://www.eastmanguitars.com/mda315_new

    https://www.eastmanguitars.com/mda815

    Or, is that actually a photo of an Eastman mandola next to an Eastman mandolin? Because that's the size difference between that pair normally.

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    That's my Gibson F5G mandolin and my Korean made no name F style Mandola that I suspect was probably based on the Siminoff kit.
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    Ah. Since Freddyfingers was specifically asking if there is a size difference between the two different Eastman mandolas (MDA815 and MDA315), and not between a mandolin and a mandola, I was surprised to see your picture in answer to that specific question.

    Thanks for the clarification!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Explorer View Post
    Ah. Since Freddyfingers was specifically asking if there is a size difference between the two different Eastman mandolas (MDA815 and MDA315), and not between a mandolin and a mandola, I was surprised to see your picture in answer to that specific question.

    Thanks for the clarification!
    That's what happens when I misunderstand the question. Moving too fast. Sorry.
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    By the way, anyone considering trying on the Kala U-Bass hard cases it's about 2 inches too narrow. I thought I had an answer to the OP's question. It's close but not close enough. Might fit a narrower A style though. I am now looking at my Telecaster case and wondering how hard it would be to cut one down.
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    I am having some very fine cases made to fit the H2 style mandola. They will start production soon. I’m not sure when they will be available exactly yet but they are coming. They will be priced under $300 shipped. Arch top 5 ply plywood construction, Black cordura cover, green crushed velvet interior , leather handle. Send me a PM for details.

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    PM sent - this would be a great service to those of us without cases!

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    Yes a GREAT service for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by testore View Post
    I am having some very fine cases made to fit the H2 style mandola. They will start production soon. I’m not sure when they will be available exactly yet but they are coming. They will be priced under $300 shipped. Arch top 5 ply plywood construction, Black cordura cover, green crushed velvet interior , leather handle. Send me a PM for details.
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    I am very curious in one of these f style mandola hard shell cases. Apologies but I’m having difficulties locating the private message function. Please let me know how to get in contact. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toycona View Post
    I use a tenor banjo case with some padding around the body.My Girouard mandola fits just fine.
    Another fan of tenor banjo cases for om’s

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    Here is a hard foam case from Thomann in Germany, Mandola case #346548. It fits my Girouard mandola pretty well and is the only mandola case I could locate in the EU/ UK. I paid 80 Euros plus 8 Euros for rapid shipping to the UK. That was shortly before Brexit so the shipping costs + duty are likely to be higher now.Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglocelt View Post
    Here is a hard foam case from Thomann in Germany, Mandola case #346548. It fits my Girouard mandola pretty well and is the only mandola case I could locate in the EU/ UK. I paid 80 Euros plus 8 Euros for rapid shipping to the UK. That was shortly before Brexit so the shipping costs + duty are likely to be higher now.Click image for larger version. 

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    Since brexit, Thoman have reduced their prices (i.e. removed the VAT) and this is now collected by the shipping company who, it seems, think of a number and bill you for it. After paying this, they hang around for a couple of weeks before delivering the item.

    The good news is that, if your bill comes to less than £135, Thoman will charge you the VAT, ship the goods and they should be delivered with no further charge - check out Thoman’s shipping policy.

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    Apologies but I’m having difficulties locating the private message function. Please let me know how to get in contact. Thank you.
    First, welcome to the Cafι!

    It's been a month, so maybe you've figured this out already. To send a PM, it's easier than you think. Just click on the user name and go to their profile. Right under the profile picture is the option, "Send a private message." And proceed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by journeybear View Post
    It's been a month, so maybe you've figured this out already. To send a PM, it's easier than you think. Just click on the user name and go to their profile. Right under the profile picture is the option, "Send a private message." And proceed.
    Except that Gary has private messaging turned off in his profile.

    It is not really cool to post users' contact info without their permission, but if you click "home page" in Gary's profile you'll get his blog. It hasn't been updated in 13 years and has no contact info, but it will give you the facts you need to find a way to reach him by Googling.
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    Anyhow, I checked with Gary myself and he said he hadn't heard back on his case project and would follow up on it.
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    If you're searching for a tenor banjo case and you have a wider headstock, make sure to check that appropriate measurement as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by William Smith View Post
    Collings makes one for an A style not sure of an F-style but I've heard hard to get and expensive! I'm in the same boat for my 24 Gibson Tenor Lute to Mandola convert.
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    Collings A style mandola case in the classifieds...

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/178256#178256

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    I keep think about the case thing. We haven't seen many folks over the years try and build a traditional style case. Generally when they do they are finished like nice wooden boxes. The stuff to build cases is readily available. It might be a neat project and in this case would solve a real issue. Let us know how this goes.
    I have only the crudest of carpentry skills, but over the years I've built "coffin" cases for a Washburn bowl-back mandola, a National Triolian mandolin, a bowed psaltery, and a Polk-A-Lay-Lee (which is four feet long, with a serpentine neck).

    They are sturdy enough, but butt-ugly and heavy as hell. They're painted white, to reflect radiant heat. The mandola case has vinyl stick-on lettering saying "Fragile musical instrument," which I stuck on before consigning it to the luggage bin of a United flight to Phoenix. Came through unscathed, whaddaya think about that?

    If you really want a protective case for an instrument -- and are not all that concerned about appearance -- a close-fitting, straight-sided box, with sufficient foam padding (unlined) -- and readily obtainable hinges, handles and latches, is not that difficult to make. Just be prepared for a certain level of disdain and ridicule when you take the instrument out in public.

    There are instruments (e.g., the Polk-A-Lay-Lee) that you will never find commercially-available cases for. Wouldn't put a mandola in that category. Eastman F-model mandolas used to come in a rectangular viola-style cloth-covered case, with the padding cut out to fit them -- and a blanket over the instrument inside! It would be possible, I'd guess, to find a properly-sized violin-family rectangular case, pull out the lining and re-cut the padding, then re-attach the lining as best as possible.

    In case anyone's interested, I'm not gonna try making any more plywood cases. Too old and not proud enough of my work to date.
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    I used to use Presto cases for mandola cases, but they have closed down. Since then I have searched high and low for a mandola case, but no luck. So I have had to bite the bullet and increase prices and sent measurements to Cedar Creek. Excellent mandola case that fits perfectly but costs and arm and a leg once exchange rate and shipping costs are factored in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Collings A style mandola case in the classifieds...

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/178256#178256

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Collings A style mandola case in the classifieds...

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/178256#178256

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pittsburgh Bill View Post
    It's back again
    For your convenience, here's a link to the Collings mandola case ad.
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    I find it very odd that Eastman makes and sells mandolas but won't sell a case. Many years ago they had an excellent rep who posted on here and would answer questions. He even came through with importing those nice Eastman bowlback cases to the US. I don't think they want to bother with this any more. I know it was mentioned in the beginning of this thread but has anyone contacted Eastman either directly or through their larger dealers about their hardshell mandola cases?
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    Here are a couple links to one manufacturer of cases that may be suitable for much less than the cost of a Calton case.
    https://www.equipmentcases.com/produ...ng-long-cases/

    This one might work and it’s $235 with foam padding (that you’ll need to customize).
    https://www.equipmentcases.com/produ...w14-50x-d6-00/
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