I ordered mine through Ramon Amira! He's very helpful, and he's a great communicator!bear wrote:If your current deal fall through I would take Andrei's recommendation or contact Ramon Amira (a forum member), he can hook you up with a Francisco Navarro or Marlon Navarro. Ramon is in New York and may be easier to communicate with than someone in Paracho.
+1bear wrote:If your current deal fall through I would take Andrei's recommendation or contact Ramon Amira (a forum member), he can hook you up with a Francisco Navarro or Marlon Navarro. Ramon is in New York and may be easier to communicate with than someone in Paracho.
Good that you are getting your money back. Wasn't sounding good. I have a cedar top Paracho guitar that I bought from a music store in Guadalajara back in 1993. I am not sure of the back and sides. Solid and a beautiful grain. Looks like rosewood. A good sounding instrument, though basses a little better than trebles.amezcua wrote:The second half of the payment was held by Paypal but yesterday it was refunded . More news later was the message from them . To sidestep the e mails and internet contact I looked up Newspapers from Michoacan and Paracho . I thought the criminal activity had not affected that area but since 2000 there have been 62 reporters killed near there.The latest was found with his throat cut and officials are not doing anything about it. There were comments about drug crops too. That was in a 2016 paper .They describe Paracho as a small village where handicrafts are the local industry as if it had no importance . I imagined a shop where I had agreed to purchase something and next time I looked the shop was boarded up and you could only see litter through the empty window.
As to the sound of Palo Escrito I think it adds a fascinating tone quality that is very expressive. I even wondered about walnut but that has a much colder feel to the sound. Some players tell us they don`t hear any difference between wood types. Well that`s their personal viewpoint . I heard one youtube video with a Brazilian Rosewood back and every time a low note was played it would not stop . It was an attractive sound but it became very irritating because it swamped all the rest of the music. It was similar to a recording of a famous violin being played. It was the Plowden Stradivarius which has a stellar tone but the player was well out of tune most of the time. An odd combination but I still remember the wonderful violin sound .
There are people of european, african or asian ancestry in mexico and people who are not. Those that are not are indiginous.amezcua wrote: A strange word was used to describe the people in Paracho ."The indiginous people in Paracho". That sounds very odd to me.So what are the other people in Mexico?
Gabriel Ayala, is a classical guitarist and Yaqui.amezcua wrote:Wikipedia shines a welcome light on Indigenous people(s) in Mexico .I read one blog article that mentions 4 indigenous groups .Nahua on the Coast.Mazahua and Otomi in the East and Purepecha in the Lake and Plateau regions. But there are dozens of other indigenous people(s) with other names and over 80 languages still spoken(not always 100% ) apart from the dominant Spanish. The list of languages shows my favourite one near the bottom of the list ----Yaqui .What a brilliant name for a language .
The blog I mentioned had squeezed itself through the automatic translator and a popular wood used for guitars in Mexico emerged as Written Stick. Step forward for your gold star if you can guess that one .However this was written in 2010 and the grave statistic showed that every 4 lovingly hand made instruments were shoved aside by 200 "Made in China "instruments .And these were being sold in Paracho .How mad is that .What a disgrace .These were lower quality and not your Kenny Hill models .
The maker written about in the blog was Jerome Amezcua .I think the translator probably meant Jeronimo Amezcua who was hopefully ,in my case , going to make my guitar. I hope that works out in the end . Paracho guitars should be sent to England where the humidity matches theirs almost exactly . It gets so tiresome hearing Americans winging about splits when they live in places like Death Valley .What do they expect ?
One aspect of the traditional Mexican guitar making is to put the guitar together without varnish or strings , put it in a bag and let it "rest". Then they complete it after some time .Is that what upset Kenny Hill I wonder ? As they say in Devon "Us`ll do it Dreckly" (Directly ie when we are ready and not before ).
I edited the name Yaqui as I put an extra c in there . Spoken in Sonora. That sounds nice .