Thanks, to those who helped me, with the value of our 1979 Contrerasi "Double Top" Concert Guitar. Special thanks, to Bob and Keith, with suggestions o contact, The Contreras Family, Zavaletas Guitars and the like. I did follow through, with your suggestions.
Th Contreras family offered to value the guitar, at their location, in London, sending it or bringing it, with a personal visit. Unfortunately, neither of those methods would work.
Next, I contacted Zavalets Guitars and got the following response, from James Greenberg. He estimated "the Contreras' normal value range as $5,000 - $8,000, and in "as new" condition, it could exceed this range."
Moving on to GSI, John Paul Trotter's reply stated, the value of the Contreras, would be between $3,000 - $3,500 (wholesale) and up to $5,500 (retail.)
Additionally, the Contreras was appraised, by a professional luthier, in 2004. The appraised value, at that time, was $8,000.
I'm sure, that by now, you have guessed, we are selling the "Contreras."
The tale (history), of the Contreras, and why we have decided to sell the guitar, is as follows:
We were living, in New England, USA, in the late 1970's. My husband, Micheal, was taking classical guitar lessons, practicing on his Yamaha guitar. His teacher suggested, he needed a higher quality instrument, matching at that time, his current performance level. His teacher mentioned, he he was going to Madrid, to purchase a guitar, for himself, and offered to purchase a better guitar, for Micheal, while in Madrid. Micheal agreed to his offer. On his return, from Spain, we purchased the Manuel Contreras "Double Top", from him. Micheal continued, with lessons and practice, with decreasing frequency. His professional demands (not as a musician), were increasing more and more of his time & attention. Needless to say, he has lost his "crops" and no longer plays.
The Contreras plays, with so much warmth. It possesses the depth of voicing, honoring it's reputation as a highly sought-after concert guitar. It's beauty and fine craftsmanship can be seen, in the pictures I have previously posted, on this site. The guitar has been respectfully cared for, throughout the years, of our ownership. However, it has become increasingly difficult to justify, owning the Contreras. It's rich beauty, in performance and with the high quality, of appearance and construction, the guitar begs to be played, as it's creator intended.
Lastly, we have decided to price our Manuel Contreras I "Double Top" Concert Guitar, at $8,000. We live, in the Chicagoland area, and would be happy to answer your questions and/or make the guitar available, for your inspection. We can be contacted, by emailing: email@example.com