The "Kertsopoulos aesthetics" platform of guitar and string construction and the interpretation on it by Smaro Gregoriadou were known to the Delcamp people using the forum many years ago. For instance, when one writes today "Kertsopoulos Delcamp" on the Google browser it gives you more than 3.700 results. As an example, please view the copy-pasted post from Wednesday 03 December 2008, 03:21 am, Posted by the user davie on this same Delcamp forum written on a topic called: ...Re: Smaro Gregoriadou plays Bach on Kertopoulos guitar..., which can be found at this link:viewtopic.php?t=33762.It reads the following: ...I just discovered gregoriadou's website and searched the Delcamp forums to see if anyone else had posted about it, where I found this thread.gophison wrote:feel the same. Admiration for Erik.chiral3 wrote:I am really impressed that Erik immediately knew the answer. I think he wins the internet today.
The site is: http://smarogregoriadou.com -- check it out, it's amazing!
On the "List of Guitars" link, there are details and great photos of six of her guitars. They are built by Greek luthier Yorgos Kertsopoulos. There is a link, "Kertsopoulous Aesthetics" about the luthier's design philosophy.
The navigation in the guitars area is a little strange -- click the "Read More" link on a guitar to open a page of thumbnail photos. Click any of the thumbnails and a "viewer" window appears with a enlarged photo. In the viewer window, mouse over the photo to get "previous" and "next" buttons. You may have to scroll down to close the viewer with the 'X' at the bottom of the viewer.
The youtube videos don't do justice to these instruments. The woodworking and detailing is unlike anything I've ever seen on a guitar. Some have oddly-shaped and oddly-placed sound ports in the soundboard, sides, and/or back. Some have movable 'pedals' on the back that expose ports on the back of the guitar. I'm guessing that moving these around would have significant effects on the instrument's timbre. There's even a rectangular guitar (which also has a movable back panel). The combination of woods, inlays, and engraving on these instruments is incredible. To me, they look both antique and futuristic at the same time. Be sure to check out the scalloped neck from the side view. How she manages to play this in tune is beyond my comprehension.
The "Videos" area links to a number of videos on youtube with gregoriadou playing these instruments. I was especially blown away by "Marathonas" by Kertsopoulos -- amazing playing!...
So, when at least on the Delcamp site there are at least more than 3.700 mentions and topics concerning the "Kertsopoulos Aesthetics" platform of guitar and string construction and the interpretation on it by Smaro Gregoriadou, why all this "...I am really impressed that Erik immediately knew the answer. I think he wins the internet today..." by the first user of this present topic and why the "...feel the same. Admiration for Erik..." by the second user? Can you please explain, so we can all understand what you exactly mean? Both of you. It will be useful so no misunderstanding will occur especially when with my work as a reference you are addressing Erik, a third person whom I respect very much. Clear words and clear meanings so nobody gets misunderstood. Waiting from both of you your explanations, take care, Yorgos.