I am based in Cape Town and have been playing classical guitar for about 10 years. I have not taken lessons and have attempted to teach myself using the Noad books and other online resources. I also play (or attempt to play) jazz guitar both on nylon string and electric. I really only play guitar for my own satisfaction and find it a valuable source of absorbing mental relaxation. I am fond of quite a wide range of music, but particularly enjoy latin american composers particularly Bruwer, although I am also partial to a spot of Dowland too!
One of the reasons that I have just joined this forum is that I am currently wrestling with a decision whether or not to purchase my first luthier made guitar from a well known local luthier. I currently play on a fairly inexpensive Esteve, so I feel that this would be quite a big step up and probably more efficient long term than buying multiple slightly better guitars (and selling them on) over time. I will post more about my decision and neuroses later