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    Hi folks,
    Iíve noticed the beautiful looking mandolins made by Italian maker Massimo Gatti showing up in the classifieds from time to time. Anyone own one? Do they sound and play as good as they look in the photos? His ads include a compelling backstory, and prices seem reasonable.

    I had been in touch with Mr. Gatti a while back asking if heíd be interested in making an F4, oval hole style, but to his credit he declined, saying he only had experience with F5 architecture. Iím not looking for an F5, yet every time one of his new ones shows up my MAS starts itchiníÖ

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    The Gatti mandolins were not built by Massimo but outsourced. Actual buider was Eduard Kristufek from Czech Republic who is still making mandolins under his own name or brand "Krishot". His construction and models changed over the years with changes in archings, tonebars vs x bracing and lastly his longer scale mandolins (I prefer his late 90's production of traditional tone bar models), but his mandolins always sounded great. I heard he's going back to more traditional specs again these days...
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    Hello Adrian I donít know who you are and I never meet you in my life. Why you wrote some untrue things about my work? Eda Kristufek is a good friend of mine and never done my Gatti mandolins. In 2017 he made a black top mandolin and mandola and asked me if he could do a Massimo Gatti model. I said yes.
    The mandolin were made with his logo. I started to make my mandolin in 2018 under the name of MG.
    Before write something totally untrue please verify that what you wrote is true. In this way you damage my reputation and my work.
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    Dear Massimo,
    welcome to the cafe! I'm not aware of any utrue words about YOUR work. I'm sorry if my words came through as negative to your work. Perhaps the word "outsourced" is understood as negative but in reality it means, just "made for". I was only writing about the Gatti mandolins that Mr. Kristufek made (and you admitted you allowed him to make the Gatti model) and he is one of the finest makers around here and I often praised his work (I'd played one of his mandolins for nearly 20 years). He had the Gatti model on his webpage (his new webpage doesn't contain that) described as Gatti model among his other models.
    From the OP I guessed he was asking about one of those mandolins as he didn't post a direct link or picture to the instrument in question, and your own making is not known fact to me nor to internet search engines. You should probably let folks know more about your own work, otherwise the Krishot-Gatti connection will come first in internet searches for a long time.
    Good luck in your making! Have a nice day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HoGo;[URL="tel:1869044"
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    From the OP I guessed he was asking about one of those mandolins as he didn't post a direct link or picture to the instrument in question.
    For the record, I was clearly inquiring about the Gatti instruments IN THE (mandolin cafe) CLASSIFIEDS. Mr Gatti’s photogenic instruments have been posted there quite frequently of late. Mr. Gatti, I’m pleased to see your new creations posted, and will perhaps own one some day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjbee View Post
    For the record, I was clearly inquiring about the Gatti instruments IN THE (mandolin cafe) CLASSIFIEDS.
    Wihtout direct link you'll have hard time locating older ads (after they expire) to identify exactly what instruments you were asking about. I'm not sure if I searched for the ads back when I made my first post or not but never intended to harm anyone. I'm sorry for any confusion. I only tried to be helpful as I only knew of the Gatti model on Krishot's website before.
    Just today I learned there are also real Massimo Gatti made instruments after finding his new recent ad.
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    Current ad placed here as a screen shot for future reference. We're in possession of email from Eda Kristufek confirming this unfortunate bit of misinformation regarding Mr. Gatti's creations. He may be trying to get an account to post in person but is not a fan of technology so may not happen. Mr. Gatti's mandolins have been appearing routinely in the Classifieds for a number of years now.

    Click image to see actual sized ad.

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    I can vouch for Massimo. He is an honest hardworking guy who knows his mandolins. I have never seen or heard one of his creations. I would like to as I have friends back in Australia who are looking for decent sounding F5 mandolins. Maybe I will get in contact with Massimo via his advertisement and start up a separate discussion.
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    As far as I know, both Massimo and Adrian are good luthiers based in Europe, making Gibson-style mandolins.

    Let's hope they continue to get all the encouragement from players they need to keep going.
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    Just wanted to add, slightly tardy, that I just today received my new Gatti F5. The whole process was a pleasure, and Massimo was excellent to work with. He has a definite thing he's going for, which fit with what I was seeking. He answered my questions promptly, allowed some customizations, and did what he said he would, when he said he'd do it. And, it's a lot of mandolin for the money.

    I got interested in his instruments from seeing them in the classifieds and hearing Massimo's YouTubes, but I almost went another route after reading post #2 when doing research. Luckily Mr. Kristufek responded rapidly to my email & confirmed that he had made two personal instruments for Massimo, but was never contracted for work.

    It's unfortunate that that's how the post read to me, and it seems like to others as well.

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    A used one just showed up in the classifieds...

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/189344#189344

    That seems to be a good deal on a handmade instrument.

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    And it looks like somebody pulled the trigger on it.
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    Happy customer here - I bought a mandolin from Massimo Gatti this April. He was very nice through the whole process and the mandolin is a great instrument. Easy to play with a rich, full tone. Looks great too! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend his instruments to anyone.

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    I just realised that was my first post here, I’ve been lurking for a few years, more into reading than posting. If anyone thinks my post seems sketchy because of this I’d be happy to elaborate.

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    I have Gatti #15 that I purchased from Massimo. He made it with an Italian spruce top and x bracing. Itís a very responsive mandolin. My 12 year old son plays it all of the time and when weíre jamming I have to ask him not to chop so loud!! Itís louder than my singing and Iím not a soft singer! I have some Gibsonís, a Gilchrist Model 5, a Monteleone Grand Artist and a Gatti. I can honestly say that in my opinion Massimoís mandolins canít be beat for the price.

    I saw one of his ads on the Cafe last year and figured a hand made, x braced, varnish finish mandolin was certainly worth his asking price so I ordered one and Iím happy with it. It sounded great when I received it but itís gotten even better with time and playing. No doubt itíll get even better!!

    I will be ordering another instrument from him, maybe I can talk him into building a Mandola!

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    Massimo Gatti's mandolin are excellent and unbeatable at the price. I own Gibson mandolins and others (7 total) and spend a lot of my time playing my black faced Gatti F5. He is easy to deal with and keeps his promises. "Krishot" had a model named Gatti but Gatti mandolins are made by Massimo Gatti, a wonderful mandolin player and excellent luthier! Buy one of his mandolins and you will be very pleased. Massimo Gatti keep up the great work! Love my Gatti blackface F5!

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    He's just updated his Instagram with photos of his mandolins.

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