There actually a few options for less expensive romantic guitars (I started a thread on a recent one in the "Advice on Buying..." section in the Luthiers forum here). One is exclusive to t h o m a n n in Europe (typed with spaces to get past forum filter), and the Raimundo Romantica is also sold by them.Wuuthrad wrote: ↑Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:34 amI wondered this, and thanks for your explanation. I should elaborate in suggesting that a Romantic guitar would be worth a look at the budget price, or low to mid range for many players. There are no low to mid range Romantic guitars, unless I am looking in wrong place. However there is plenty of music written on and for the Romantic guitar.
Instead what I presume is that the industry has provided numerous variations on the Torres model, whereas I think guitarists might benefit, or even prefer other choices (especially ones that don't break the bank, so to speak.)
I see many 1/2, 3/4, 7/8 model classical guitars, but not many Romantic styles. Hardly any at all. And when there are options for other early instruments in a more affordable range, it strikes me as curious that Romantic guitars are limited to Luthiers. Obviously (I hope apparently) not to suggest there's anything wrong with Luthier guitars, but I'm wondering why doesn't Córdoba or Yamaha make a budget Romantic Guitar?
We all study Sor and it seems he was very specific about what kind of guitar should be played.
Also curious to me, as someone suggested elsewhere, Romantic guitars were tuned to 415? How was this notated then properly on the staff as we see his music now?
There's also a luthier named Justin White in Australia who builds a Lacote copy or a terz for quite a reasonable price. I've tried one of his terz guitars owned by a friend, and I thought it was quite nice. There is also Miodrag Zerdoner in Canada who is building a Stauffer replica for a forum member here and the approximate price came up in a discussion and I think it's also very reasonable compared to more established luthiers in the field, but that may not be the case forever if he continues to build a reputation.
Unfortunately, none of those reach the under-$1k price range. What you can sometimes get for under 1k is an original guitar with a missing label so the builder is unknown, or an instrument made by an early 20th century German builder from when they were still building romantic type guitars.
In my opinion, the Cordoba Mini guitars sound a bit like romantic guitars, but unfortunately they're extremely uncomfortable to play. There is a Pepe Romero signature mini guitar that has a longer scale and I think possibly a bigger body than the Cordoba Mini, but it's not really a romantic guitar at all, just may have a more similar sound than anything else that's mass produced and well under 1k.
I would love it if a production company could give us a reasonably authentic looking and sounding historical instrument for a production instrument price but unfortunately there's probably just not a big enough market for it, so if you really want one badly enough (like I do) then your options are mostly limited to paying a luthier price for a luthier quality instrument. I love these instruments enough to go to that length but I guess not everyone has that luxury...