GB £.2500 Paul Fischer Conservatoire guitar spruce 1995, Oxford UK

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GB £.2500 Paul Fischer Conservatoire guitar spruce 1995, Oxford UK

Post by pogmoor » Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:24 pm

- Type / luthier: Classical Guitar / Paul Fischer 'Conservatoire' model
- Year of construction: 1995
- Scale length: 650 mm
- Width: 52 mm
- Top: Spruce
- Bracing: Lattice (Paul Fischer 'taut' system)
- Tuners: Rogers
- Back / Sides: Maple
- Fingerboard / Bridge: Ebony / Rosewood
- Sound: Resonant and penetrating
- Condition: Has suffered some impact damage (see below)
- Price: GBP 2500
- Viewing advised
- Location (nearest city): Oxford UK

This is a very individual guitar both in design and in sound, made in 1995. The bracing is Paul Fischer’s ‘taut’ system and it has two soundholes in the upper bout; this design derived from Paul's experiments with configurations based on one of Simplicio’s designs from the 1930s. Its sound is rich and resonant with a quality reminiscent of the baroque lute and it has excellent projection. Tone and volume is very even across all the strings and sustain is very good throughout its range. Its somewhat penetrating tone makes it an effective instrument for playing in a mixed ensemble.

The guitar lives in a very robust carbon fibre and leather case that I got in 2015 - the prototype of the guitar case that can be seen on the caldercases.com site.

Unfortunately six or so years ago when I moved house, before it acquired this case, the guitar sustained some damage when a music stand fell on it. However it is a robustly built instrument and the damage is superficial and doesn’t affect its playability. However I have reduced the asking price considerably to reflect the damage.

The attached photos include various views of the guitar, including pictures of the damage (which is obvious in closeup but doesn’t show up that much in use because of the light colour of the guitar). I think one of the tuning machines may be very slightly bent - but I don’t think you can actually see this in the photo, and it doesn’t affect its function.

This Fischer guitar was my main instrument for 10 years or so and I hadn't intended to sell it but, somewhat unexpectedly, I won a 2017 Ramirez Guitare del Tiempo in the raffle at the West Dean Classical Guitar Festival this year. This has turned out to be an excellent instrument and provided me with a dilemma as to which guitar to sell as I no longer have the space for three full size guitars!
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Re: GB £.2500 Paul Fischer Conservatoire guitar spruce 1995, Oxford UK

Post by simonm » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:57 pm

Good luck with the sale. And congrats on winning the Ramirez. I am very glad that I am no where near you, otherwise I would be severely tempted to come by and have a look. :-)
The case is amazing too.

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Re: GB £.2500 Paul Fischer Conservatoire guitar spruce 1995, Oxford UK

Post by Tom » Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:39 pm

This is a very impressive guitar. Having owned one of the Fischer Taut model, your description of the penetrating tone is spot on.

Paul's Taut guitar some how able to produce such penetrating tone that words are hard to describe. It will leave you with a strong impression after you play it once.

For better illustration is to watch some of the latest video by John Mills playing the Taut guitar.

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Re: GB £.2500 Paul Fischer Conservatoire guitar spruce 1995, Oxford UK

Post by rinneby » Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:24 pm

Are those tuners for sale? ;)
1977 - Kuniharu Nobe No.15
1997 - Dragan Musulin
2004 - Alain Raifort Grand Concert
2006 - Casimiro Lozano XXV Aniversario

Feel free to ask me anything about Japanese classical guitars.

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Re: GB £.2500 Paul Fischer Conservatoire guitar spruce 1995, Oxford UK

Post by pogmoor » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:31 pm

You can find a soundclip of the guitar here: https://soundcloud.com/pogmoor/sarabandeclip. (I'm playing a the first few seconds of Sarabande by Jean Mercure - here's a less good recording on a different guitar of the whole of the piece: viewtopic.php?f=48&t=11030&p=378518#p100874.
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Re: GB £.2500 Paul Fischer Conservatoire guitar spruce 1995, Oxford UK

Post by bobbyboy » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:48 pm

Can you ship to USA.
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Re: GB £.2500 Paul Fischer Conservatoire guitar spruce 1995, Oxford UK

Post by pogmoor » Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:28 pm

bobbyboy wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:48 pm
Can you ship to USA.
I'm reluctant to do that. I'd rather sell in the UK.
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Yamaha SLG 130NW silent classical guitar (2014), Ramirez Guitarra del Tiempo (2017)

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