Dec
10

spain

David Collett, president of GSI, just visited Spain to meet and spend time with many of the exceptional luthiers we work with. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time to visit everyone, but at least he was able to bring back hundreds of excellent photographs of the trip. We’ve cherry-picked some of ours favorites below.

David at the grave of Daniel Fortea, in Castellon.

David at the grave of Daniel Fortea, in Castellon. Thanks to his tutelage under the Romero family (whose patriarch Celedonio learned from Fortea), David can trace his “guitar playing lineage” directly back to Fortea…

Kneeling at the grave of Francisco Tarrega, also in Castellon.

…as well as Francisco Tarrega, who taught Daniel Fortea. Here’s David kneeling at Tarrega’s grave, also in Castellon.

The view from one of the hotels in Alicante. Not bad!

The view from one of the hotels in Alicante. Not bad!

A memorial to Antonio de Torres, in his hometown of Almeria.

A memorial to Antonio de Torres, in his hometown of Almeria. The lion’s head up top represents the famous 1856 “La Leona” guitar.

Standing in front of the Torres memorial.

Standing in front of the Torres memorial fountain in the Plaza Antonio Torres.

The plaque reads:

A close-up of the plaque.

The two metal hands...

The two metal hands hold woodworking tools.

Standing under the Plaza de Torres sign.

Standing under the Plaza Antonio Torres sign.

The original home of Antonio de Torres.

The original home and workshop of Antonio de Torres.

Torres' home is now a museum.

Torres’ home is now a museum, restored by the local Antonio de Torres school.

The entrance to the Torres home, now a museum.

The entrance to the Torres home.

In Granada, guitar maker _____ shows off his latest creation.

In Granada, guitar maker Jose Vigil shows off his latest creation. David was so impressed by Vigil’s work that he ordered a guitar on the spot.

David and _____, standing in front of his workshop.

David and Jose Vigil, standing in front of his workshop.

David with Paco Santiago Marin and son Luis, as well as professional guitarist Vicente Coves.

David with Paco Santiago Marin and his son Luis, as well as professional guitarist Vicente Coves.

David and Eddie Blochinger visit one of the most famous luthiers in Granada, the charming Antonio Marin Montero.

David and Eddie Blochinger visit one of the most famous luthiers in Granada, the ever-charming Antonio Marin Montero, and his nephew Jose Marin Plazuelo.

David and Eddie Blochinger spent a lot of time touring Granada.

David and Eddie Blochinger walking the streets of Granada.

Another Granada legend, luthier Rafael Moreno Rodriguez.

Another Granada legend, luthier Rafael Moreno Rodriguez, holding the next GSI guitar.

David and Rafa having a great time in the Moreno workshop.

David and Rafa having a great time in the Moreno workshop.

Rafa posing in front of his portrait, wearing his signature cap.

Rafa posing in front of his portrait, wearing his signature cap.

The exterior of the Moreno workshop.

The exterior of the Moreno workshop.

Luthier Juan Fernandez, holding his latest flamenco negra guitar.

Luthier Juan Fernandez, holding his latest flamenco negra guitar.

The entrance to the Juan Fernandez guitar workshop.

The entrance to the Juan Fernandez guitar workshop.

Luthier _____ traveled to Granada from Sevilla to meet David.

Luthier Fernando Moreno traveled to Granada from Sevilla to meet David. Another great maker discovered on this trip.

Juan Miguel Carmona with his latest work-in-progress.

Juan Miguel Carmona with his latest work-in-progress.

Juan Carmona's wife and an assortment of obligatory tapas.

Juan Carmona’s wife Angela and an assortment of her traditional tapas.

Juan Miguel Carmona, Vicente Coves and Eddie Blochinger gather for drinks at the Alhambra.

Juan Miguel Carmona, Vicente Coves and Eddie Blochinger gather for drinks near the Alhambra.

Like many luthiers in Granada, ____ moved here from overseas (from ____, in this case).

German guitar maker Dominik Wurth (one of the many ex-pats living and working in Granada) showing David his replica of the FE17 Torres guitar.

The beautiful scenery of Granada, complete with the Sierra Nevada mountains in the background.

David, Carmona and Blochinger hanging out in the scenic Albaicin district of Granada, complete with the Alhambra and Sierra Nevada mountains in the background.

Eddie Blochinger in front of the famous Pena ___ flamenco bar.

Eddie Blochinger in front of the famous Peña La Plateria flamenco bar.

You don't have to be at a bar to hear flamenco in Spain - it's absolutely everywhere.

You don’t have to be at a bar to hear flamenco in Spain – it’s absolutely everywhere.

Juan Miguel Carmona and Vicente Coves enjoying a few drinks to go with the local flamenco music.

Juan Miguel Carmona and Vicente Coves enjoying a few drinks to go with the local flamenco music.

This guy was playing the classics - Tarrega, Sor, etc - all while standing up.

This guy was playing the classics – Tarrega, Sor, etc – all while standing up.

 

Hope everyone enjoyed this photo album!

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5 Responses to “Visiting Spain – 2013”

 
  1. Arnaud van den Broek d'Obrenan says:

    Bravo pour ce reportage David! C’est très intéressant.
    Arnaud

  2. susie croteau says:

    oh my god i just loved it i love seeing where these beautiful instruments are born thanku

  3. Tim Atkinson says:

    Thank you for sharing – wonderful pictures – I very much enjoyed them!!!

  4. The best guitar maker in Spain live in Mallorca and named Antonio Morales Nogues.

    He has made the last guitar of Paco de Lucía.

    if you you are still in Spain call Antonio at number 609642121 and visit the workshop here in Mallorca.

    You will not regret

    Regards from Mallorca

  5. Daniel Espina says:

    Nice to see you met Fernando Moreno. A very talented young luthier living in Alcalá de Guadaira (Sevilla).