gilles T wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:52 am
I was pretty sure you couldn't have missed the Hobgoblin Orfea, but I was wrong ! Thanks to es335 for the reminder !
Once again, I agree that this guitar is not a concert-league instrument, and must not be compared to luthier-made instruments, but the playability is just incredible for the price. As for me, I learned to enjoy its rather "neutral" sound, because it lets you make out the sound you want and explore all the range of right hand expressions and attacks.
Good luck for your quest, please keep us posted.
I found a 2nd hand Orfea on e - b a y (in England - I live in Scotland) and, thanks to your valuable advice & recommendation & to the low price asked (& apparent good condition) I decided to risk it not even having tried it!
The seller was very good to answer the frequent & fairly detailed questions & sent it safely (special delivery - insured) the very next day!
Now my quandary is what to tune the 7th & 8th to. The supplied strings look very thick so I've played it safe & kept them low (C & G below 6th E) for now. I originally wanted D & C but I can see the advantages already of lower pitches - having had a go at the Dresden Weiss pieces.
I will order a new 8 string set with D & C & compare them to the strings on it now but at the moment I'll just give myself a chance to try out the lower pitches.
The guitar isn't perfect (some fret buzz) but I imagine I can get that fixed. The neck has a truss rod - would adjusting that help?).
It sounds resonant (probably largely because of the low strings) though obviously not as good as a hand made guitar - but then I agree that at the low new price it's great value.
It's going to be a challenge - but the possibilities are almost endless - Weiss, Bach, Dowland, you name it - so it should be worth the effort.
Right - off to experiment.....
P.s. thanks again gilles T - and to all the other contributors - this forum is proving valuable as well as diverting!