OMG My new Antonio Raya Pardo SP/IR has arrived!
And it is unbelievable. Have played for something like 1, 5 hours and been spellbound. Perfect playability, everything is made so easy when I play her. Relatively low action, as I had ordered it, but not too low. Great looks and I can see her potential as far as tone and sound is concerned although she has had a long journey from Granada, changed from dry, hot climate to cool and dump, and being spruce, quite tight still. Everything is so well balanced on her, I am so happy to own such a unique instrument which I may not deserve, as far as my playing skills go. But a good instrument gives you the extra initiative to practice more and improve.
It would be preposterous for a novice like me to judge the craftsmanship of such a renowned master as Mr Raya. But as far as professionalism is concerned my whole experience is absolutely positive. Mr Raya has patiently answered my questions and delivered the guitar in time and excellent condition to me. I won’t mention the price here, but it should be one of the best value for money purchases in the classical guitar market. A well known Germany-based music house offers one of Mr Raya’s guitars at a 50% higher price, so the 6 months were worth waiting.