Guitar shootout last night with Delcampers in person

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Guitar shootout last night with Delcampers in person

Post by Charles Mokotoff » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:31 pm

Good times in Maryland last night, in attendance besides yours truly was Dofpic, Jack Douglas, Ross Gutmeier, Matt Palmer...few other pals.

Also in attendance:
2016 Gutmeier Santos
2017 Gutmeier cedar DT
2017 Gutmeier Torres (right off the bench)
Tacchi Simplicio (can't recall year)
2014 Hauser III
2017 Bottelli Hauser replica
2002 Jeff Elliott
2017 Canin Spruce/balsa/cedar
2017 Toni Mueller cedar/balsa/cedar
2017 Thames La Leona replica

Matt did most of the demos, all the guitars were fabulous. My favorites in no special order were the Gutmeier DT, Mueller, Canin, and the Jeff Elliott.

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Post by FHC » Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:35 am

Any video? Sounds like a great time.

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Post by cgratham » Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:52 am

Wow Charles,
That sounds like a great crowd - and great guitars. Thanks for letting us live vicariously through your shootout!
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Post by chiral3 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:00 am

Humblebrag!!! More jealous than anything. Sigh. Post some video if you ave any. I'll double check my email in case I missed your note. ;-)
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Post by Charles Mokotoff » Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:01 am

There were lots of iPhones being pointed at Matt while he was sampling each one, I will have to poll some folks to see who has anything worth sharing.
I was left with a few of the guitars while the kind owner was off at an appointment so grabbed this minute of iPhone footage of the awesome Jeff Elliott:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/95m4ol93efbsg ... t.mov?dl=0
First time playing an Elliott, no words to describe it.

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Post by chiral3 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:43 am

York! I've been playing that piece quite a bit lately.

Unrelated, hopefully you saw his latest kickstarter. Funding within a day if recall.
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Post by franks59 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:58 am

Charles Mokotoff wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:31 pm
Good times in Maryland last night, in attendance besides yours truly was Dofpic, Jack Douglas, Ross Gutmeier, Matt Palmer...few other pals.

Also in attendance:
2016 Gutmeier Santos
2017 Gutmeier cedar DT
2017 Gutmeier Torres (right off the bench)
Tacchi Simplicio (can't recall year)
2014 Hauser III
2017 Bottelli Hauser replica
2002 Jeff Elliott
2017 Canin Spruce/balsa/cedar
2017 Toni Mueller cedar/balsa/cedar
2017 Thames La Leona replica

Matt did most of the demos, all the guitars were fabulous. My favorites in no special order were the Gutmeier DT, Mueller, Canin, and the Jeff Elliott.
Where was this, and why wasn't I invited? :)

Frank

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Post by petermc61 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:59 am

Hi Charles

Thanks for making us all jealous. Sorry I couldn’t get there, the invitation must have been caught in my spam filter. Next time you guys should come to Sydney. I’ll host you, don’t even bother bringing instruments. I am sure I have enough to go around.

Thanks also for posting the Elliott clip. From my limited experience his first string is a little brighter than most instruments, but the openness and most particularly the impeccable top to bottom balance is a stand out strength.

All the best
Peter

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Post by Tubbers » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:45 am

Charles Mokotoff wrote:
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:01 am
There were lots of iPhones being pointed at Matt while he was sampling each one, I will have to poll some folks to see who has anything worth sharing.
I was left with a few of the guitars while the kind owner was off at an appointment so grabbed this minute of iPhone footage of the awesome Jeff Elliott:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/95m4ol93efbsg ... t.mov?dl=0
First time playing an Elliott, no words to describe it.
Sounds excellent. :)
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Post by acmost9 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:55 am

Hey thanks for posting!

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Post by Jack Douglas » Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:15 am

Charles, thanks for your post and for the hospitality of a great evening of guitar fellowship and friendship. It was an amazing lineup of instruments all played beautifully by Matt Palmer. I was struck by a couple of things. The cost of a guitar isn’t necessarily a prediction of its playability or tone. Several of the lower cost guitars were spectacular. The second is that volume for some is a preference. While I loved the volume on steroids of some of the guitars, my ears were drawn to the traditional, old world tones of the Elliott, Tacchi, Hauser, le Leona Thames, Bottelli. The exception was your Mueller, an extraordinary guitar. I agree that the Elliott was a jewel. Thank you for your video of your playing it. Beautiful!
Thank you again for including me in an extraordinary evening of guitar magic!
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Post by simonm » Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:26 am

Charles Mokotoff wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:31 pm
2016 Gutmeier Santos
2017 Gutmeier Torres (right off the bench)
Tacchi Simplicio (can't recall year)
2017 Thames La Leona replica
Regarding these "traditional" style instruments, can you make any comments about the sound qualities? More in common with one another that different from each other? Or all with very distinct characters?

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Post by Intune » Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:31 pm

Sounds like quite a bash but leaves me wondering if there are similar events for other instruments...are there any oboe shootouts, viola shootouts, or perhaps accordion shootouts? And if not, why only guitars?
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Re: Guitar shootout last night with Delcampers in person

Post by Jack Douglas » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:15 pm

simonm wrote:
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:26 am
Charles Mokotoff wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:31 pm
2016 Gutmeier Santos
2017 Gutmeier Torres (right off the bench)
Tacchi Simplicio (can't recall year)
2017 Thames La Leona replica
Regarding these "traditional" style instruments, can you make any comments about the sound qualities? More in common with one another that different from each other? Or all with very distinct characters?
My ear perceived a sweetness of tone and warmth in the traditional style instruments. While each exhibited some characteristics of its lineage all of them had that sweet, warm, clear, might I say aristocratic tonal quality. They also communicated well the mood of the piece and responded to subtle changes of articulation by the player. In terms of loudness they were certainly loud enough to fill a concert hall. However, compared to the raw volume of the modern guitars they were noticeably quieter but had a complexity of tone that to my ear was superior.
I’m a humble hobbyist and by no means an expert regarding the more modern guitars and I readily admit that my tonal preferences got instilled long before the development of lattice braced or double topped guitars. Torres and Hauser speak to me.
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Post by Lawler » Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:57 pm

Intune wrote:
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:31 pm
Sounds like quite a bash but leaves me wondering if there are similar events for other instruments...are there any oboe shootouts, viola shootouts, or perhaps accordion shootouts? And if not, why only guitars?
There are some famous violin comparisons oriented towards the old (Stradivari) vs. new makers issue.

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