hesson11 wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:27 am
I know this isn't a vocabulary thread, but in fairness to Messy, I'd say "esoteric" and "small" could apply to any number of luthiers or boutique workshops that we routinely discuss and revere. "Small" of course, is relative. And relative to, say, Rodriguez, Cordoba, Yamaha and many others, Navarro could certainly be thought of as a "small" maker.
Esoteric online definition: "intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest."
i.e., they are not mass-market products. I certainly would not consider either word disparaging or negative in any way.
Well, "small" is an ambiguous word in the context, that I interpreted to mean "insignificant." But if it meant "volume," the guitars you cite are all factory guitars, and obviously no luthier can come close to the output of a factory.
But if the criterion is to be the volume of a luthier's output, then we would have to compare Francisco's output with that of other luthiers to see if it is in fact "small." No figures are available, but from what I know based on long experience, I am confident that Francisco's output exceeds that of the majority of luthiers, and consequently could hardly be described as small.
With respect to "esoteric," since classical guitar is itself esoteric, and thus the work of any luthier even more so, then to describe Francisco's guitars as esoteric would be pointless in an absolute sense. Hence my understanding that the term was employed in a relative sense, relative to other luthiers, and consequently can reasonably be interpreted as diminishing.
And It is not "pessimistic" to advise prudence. I hope it is all legit. If it is, he's getting one of the best deals I have heard of in a long time.
Well, in the end all this doesn't mean much in the scheme of eternity. I have to get back to work on my tremolo version of "Three Blind Mice."
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