Adrian Allan wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:58 pm
Do you think this is due to the competition of the internet for guitars and sheet music, or do you think there are other factors at play?
I think that is part of the reason, especially as the Bristol Spanish Guitar Centre has a very limited on-line presence, but of course there are other factors as well.
It is a sad time. Chris has always been marvelously helpful and a point of contact if someone needed help, e.g. he put me in touch with Christopher Dean for a repair to my Hermanos Conde some 20 years ago and more recently put me in touch with Alastair McNeil for some adjustments to a used Stephen Frith I bought on the auction site.
PeteJ wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:53 pm
So sad. I had some lessons with Mike Watson at age about twelve before going electric and later got to know Chris G, John Edwards and others. I loved the old building with its smell of guitar cases and glue and its nooks and crannies full of guitarists. It had to happen, money was tight, but for me it died when the original building was sold.
Recently I discovered that Bristol had a guitar society back in the 19th century, based in Clifton, but info is hard to come by.
There is currently a Bristol Guitar Society, though I haven't ever attended.
Yes, I too liked the old venue - with its alarming cracks in the walls and the wonderful cave of a workshop where the walls hadn't been painted since the year dot.
I have fond memories of the (very civilised) parties (in the old venue) which they held after the guitar recitals which they promoted.
Back in the late 60s and 70s, when I was most around, it was also a social hub for classical guitarists - especially as The Prince of Wales pub was just across the road.