Krishot mandolins are made in the Czech Republic by E.K.—Eduard Kristofek. Although E.K. lives pretty far away from the San Juan mountains of Colorado, he has a sincere Telluride connection as the winner of the 1993 Telluride Bluegrass Festival mandolin competition. He also won the Rockygrass competition a few years later in 1996. On many some of his early trips to the USA, he had the opportunity to study bluegrass music and examine Lloyd Loar F5s from 1922-23s.
E.K.'s wealth of knowledge and understanding of how the mandolin functions in a string band are translated deeply into his instruments. This Krishot A was made in 2005, and it conforms to typical A5 specs. As to be expected from Krishot, it shows a high level of build quality, and in your hands, it feels like an incredible value for the price.
This Krishot A5 features an Alaskan Sitka Spruce top, carefully carved and voiced to produce a strong, balanced sound. Its back and sides are Slovakian Rock Maple, which is not usually known for wild "fiddle back" figure, but it has a reputation as a high-quality hardwood. The Maple set used on this one looks pretty nice, especially underneath the dark sunburst finish.
This Krishot mandolin has a 14" scale length, and the bone nut measures 1-1/8". Its Ebony fingerboard is radius-ed, and it plays nicely all the way down the fingerboard. It produces a sweet, balanced sound with impressive volume for an A.
This 2005 Krishot A5 shows some play wear and signs of use (see photos). Most severe is pickwear around the treble f-hole. Fortunately, it has no repairs, and it is setup nicely. It includes a tweed hardshell case.