I just wanted to publicly thank Michael for working with all of my questions the past few months about purchasing a new guitar. I wish I could have afforded to purchase an expensive Dupont to repay him for all of the emails! I finally decided that the M01 would suit my needs. The guitar arrived yesterday and it's fantastic. Head and shoulders above the Gitane DG-250 I was playing in terms of authentic tone, and with a neck that is much easier to play. It can be hard to believe that a relatively budget friendly gypsy jazz guitar could sound and play so wonderfully, but the hype is true.
I can't find any flaws in the finish of the guitar, and Josh's bridge and fretwork are superb. If there is one thing I was surprised about is that the Altamira is not as loud as the Gitane, which I'm sure has to do with this being a new guitar and the Gitane being a bit older and been played much more.
Thanks for all of the reviews posted here as well, it's a great community here and anyone that's new to this style like me appreciates the depth of insight available.