simonm wrote: ↑
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:26 am
Charles Mokotoff wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:31 pm
2016 Gutmeier Santos
2017 Gutmeier Torres (right off the bench)
Tacchi Simplicio (can't recall year)
2017 Thames La Leona replica
Regarding these "traditional" style instruments, can you make any comments about the sound qualities? More in common with one another that different from each other? Or all with very distinct characters?
My ear perceived a sweetness of tone and warmth in the traditional style instruments. While each exhibited some characteristics of its lineage all of them had that sweet, warm, clear, might I say aristocratic tonal quality. They also communicated well the mood of the piece and responded to subtle changes of articulation by the player. In terms of loudness they were certainly loud enough to fill a concert hall. However, compared to the raw volume of the modern guitars they were noticeably quieter but had a complexity of tone that to my ear was superior.
I’m a humble hobbyist and by no means an expert regarding the more modern guitars and I readily admit that my tonal preferences got instilled long before the development of lattice braced or double topped guitars. Torres and Hauser speak to me.