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Dec
09

Here’s Alfonso Montes – the other half of Duo Montes Kircher – playing his composition Preludio de Adios on a gorgeous 1971 Ignacio Fleta in cedar and Indian rosewood. This Fleta is a perfect example of the maker’s great cedar period guitars, and Preludio de Adios shows it off beautifully.

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Dec
08

Here’s Maciej Staszewski playing the Scherzo from his Sonitus Noctis on a gorgeous 2017 David Rouse in cedar and CSA rosewood.

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Dec
08

We have photos and a video of a new guitar that’s on its way to us from Israel-based luthier Erez Perelman – a beautiful spruce and CSA rosewood guitar that you can hear in the video and that should be here very soon. The video is beautifully shot and gives a nice insight into Perelman as a luthier and player.

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Dec
05

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Dec
04

We are pleased to bring you another tutorial from our friends at EliteGuitarist.com. Today’s tutorial is for the Allegro Solemne from Barrios’ La Catedral. This last movement of ‘La Catedral’ is one of the most recognizable pieces in the classical guitar repertoire. The Allegro Solemne is a toccata-style fast movement that demands the highest amount of focus, agility and technical prowess. In this tutorial Ines Thome seeks to take away the intimidation factor that guitarists may experience before tackling this piece. She breaks down the entire piece bar by bar and provides detailed instruction on right hand arpeggio techniques, left hand fingerings, and the overall musical direction of the various sections in the piece. Whether you are an advanced player or a an aspiring advanced player, there is something for everyone in this tutorial. The guitar used is a 2005 Fritz Ober: a clear, resonant and powerful instrument, worthy to convey Barrios’ masterpiece composition. Check out the rest of this tutorial and many other classical guitar repertoire tutorials provided by EliteGuitarist.

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Dec
04

Here’s Irina Kircher of the Duo Montes Kircher (among many other accomplishments) playing Antonio Lauro’s Nelly on a beautiful 1994 Manuel Velzquez guitar in spruce and CSA rosewood.

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Nov
29

We were thrilled to have the Duo Montes Kircher stop by the showroom earlier this year to record some videos for us. Husband and wife Alfonso Montes and Irina Montes have been playing as a duo since 1984, and you can hear more about them here in their interview for Scott Wolf’s All Strings Considered podcast. Here they play Montes’ piece Bambuco on a pair of La Cañada 115 and 115A guitars – both based on Torres SE 115, with one in an antiqued look and the other in a clean French polish.

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Nov
29

Our good friend Marcelo Kayath of Guitar CoOp just published an interview he conducted with maestro Pepe Romero at the Koblenz Guitar Festival last year. Marcelo is a great interviewer due to his insider/outsider status (he is recognized as having been one of the great guitarists of his generation but has not really been a part of the scene for the last 30 years) and always brings out the best in his subjects. In Part one of the interview they discuss Pepe’s early years studying with his father and how his lifelong love of flamenco began.

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Nov
29

We recently met Iakovos Kolanian along with his duo partner Larry Hammett when they came in to play some guitars for us. Iakovos is Greek Armenian and he played some lovely transcriptions of his of popular Armenian songs. Here are Noubar Noubar, played on a great Sakurai-Kohno Professional-J in cedar and CSA rosewood, and Yaman Yar, played on a beautiful 1995 Hermann Hauser III.

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Nov
26

Here’s our friend guitarist Florian Blöchinger playing Francisco Tarrega’s Gran Jota on a 2017 Florian Blöchinger – a beautiful spruce and CSA rosewood guitar that he made earlier this year. Florian’s career has been taking off both as a performer and a luthier, and it’s been a lot of fun to watch this young luthier/guitarist make a name for himself.

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