Tim W wrote:
Thanks for the suggestions, Jack.
I've heard of Lodi, but don't think I've ever seen/heard one of his instruments. I may pass through Firenze and will certainly look up Tacchi, though he's probably a little too rich for my blood.
Gabriele Lodi builds a beautiful Torres LE 113 copy (he has the original) and his price is about half of Tacchi. If you see Gabriele tell him I sent you. He's a very nice person and very enthusiastic about music and guitars. Marcin Dylla plays a Lodi.
Tacchi's guitars are also beautiful and his wait list is around 5 years. Andrea is close to 60 and I'm guessing Gabriel is in his late 30's or early 40's.
The food in and around Carpi is perhaps the best in Italy. The pasta is so light I'm surprised it doesn't float off the plate..