Hello to you all,
As I frequently am searching for information about all kinds of guitars
I now and then visit this forum. I started my studies on a technical
high school which explains my later hobby: restoring guitars and attempting
to get them to sound better. In order to be able to do that you have to learn
a lot about the "physics" of a guitar. In my case allways acoustic guitars
though I played electric guitars all my life. After having ended my
technical education ( in metal! not woodworking) I decided to become a
professional guitar player. And so I did. I fulfilled my study classical
guitar and being retired now I'm still having fun learning other people
all kinds of things concerning guitar playing, even on youtube: Just
search for "Noud Koevoets". Besides that I'm reading a lot about the tricks
the older master luthiers did found out allready. Talking to the luthiers
everywhere also helped me a lot as there are so many factors of influence
to make a guitar sound better. Being 66 years old I'm frequently buy the
older, sometimes quite basic Spanish guitars on all kinds of auctions.
Often beaten up but when there are sound possibillities I buy them.
By visiting the not specialized auctions I was able to buy the most exclusive
guitars and I have quite a collection now: Concert guitars from Jose Ramirez,
Manuel Contreras, Antonio Duran, Juan Roman Padilla, Andres Marin, Salvador
Ibanez, Rod Capper, Thomas Prisloe, Juan Orozco, Mareu Ramis a.o.
Besides that a Vicente Arias from 1899 and several 19th century French
guitars. Third are the factory built guitars, mostly before 1960 such as
Telesforo Julve, Juan Estruch, Hijos de Vicente Tatay and A. Dotras Cordoba
(who happens to have built in Barcelona)
Feel free to E-mail me if you have any questions but it is of course also
possible to visit my Blog: http://oldromanticguitars.blogspot.nl
A lot of information can be found there and there are lots of things more
to discover when you click on "view my complete profile" at that spot.
All the best dfrom the Netherlands.