Really?! Which ones have you listened to...out of curiosity..Stephen Kenyon wrote: ↑Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:45 pmBut all the no-nailers linked to in the earlier parts of the thread (and others cited by Rob) have sounded very unsatisfying, not least, somewhat amateurish in tone - by which I mean, I have several adult students whose tone I prefer to some of those noted, professional players.
As far as your 1995 concert goes, if he was mainly an early music guy venturing into modern repertoire...I'm not surprised that it was unconvincing. And you hit the nail on the head there with the 19th cen music - one of the turning points for me was when I first heard Sor played on a period instrument without nails - it was like the music came to life as never before.
Up until now, one of the best no nails sound that I've heard goes to Robert Barto (lutenist) playing Sor and Coste on a period replica. It's just an amazing sound - I'm not sure if I can post a video because of copyright but if you search YouTube for "duo rossiniane coste" the first hit is Robert Barto and Karl-Ernst Schroder playing a Barcarolle by Coste on period replicas by Gary Southwell.