I have just returned from a dream come true: a one week vacation through Andalucia.
I already had high hopes, but even so, the trip has way surpassed my expectations!
I have attended 3 Flamenco shows, in Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada (Albaicin).
I have also managed to visit a few of the famous luthiers in Granada.
First I have visited "Guitarreria Bitar", a new place, but very promising judging by their concert-level instruments.
Then, on the same street (Cuesta de Gomérez), I have been to "Casa Ferrer", a legendary place.
Benito Ferrer, a contemporary of Torres and after him his nephew, Eduardo, were pioneers of the Granada guitar making school.
Many of the luthier families in Granada learned their trade from Eduardo Ferrer.
I have played on two beautifully sounding guitars, one with Spruce, the other one with Cedar top.
The next day, I have visited the Marin Guitar Shop: Antonio Marin Montero, Jose Marin Plazuelo and Jose Gonzalez Lopez, another legendary family of builders. No guitars to try there, but just being able to visit them was a great pleasure and honor!
Then, not far from the Marin family shop, I have visited Manuel and Jesus Bellido and I must confess that this is the place I have enjoyed the most!
I have played on 5 guitars, two built by Manuel, 3 by Jesus, all very different and really amazing instruments!
The one I have liked the most is a Jesus's replica of a guitar by the old Granada master Agustin Caro, a guitar with sweet, bell-like trebles and with an incredible responsiveness!
I did not have the time to go to the other guitar makes on my list, Paco Santiago Marin and Rene Baarslag and Ana Espinosa among them.
But I will make sure to visit that magical city again...
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