I am thinking of learning to play the Mandolin/Mandola, I haven't fully decided what variation I want yet. I don't want to spend more than £350 on the instrument and was looking at a few options.
I would prefer an F Shape purely for Aesthetic reasons, but I realise options are limited at my price point. Ideally it should also have a pickup, or I could add one if it wasn't too expensive.
I looked at the Loar LM310F, which isn't available in the UK but is available for £250 in the US.
I am also not sure if I should get a Mandolin, a Mandola or even an Octave Mandolin. I'm slightly worried at the short scale of the Mandolin, while I don't have large fingers, I found it difficult to play a Soprano Uke.