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The guitar duo comprised of Luis Mariano & Florian David is not your average duo simply because you don’t hear the average duo making music that is an expression of the fusion of flamenco and classical styles. Spanish guitarist Luis Mariano and German guitarist Florian David present to you this mixed program of “flamenco meets classical” music featuring new arrangements of familiar pieces and new compositions by Luis Mariano himself. The entire CD was recorded at the “Eiskeller” in Dorfen, Germany on October 31, 2018, and it is available now for purchase at the GSI Store. Take a listen to two of the tracks below.
Both guitarists perform on guitars made by Florian Blöchinger (2018 SP/CSAR – much like this one and 2018 CD/CY), so there is a very in-house, personal feel to this recording with the great engineering of Jürgen Koch.Continue Reading
Although the classical guitars of Richard Reynoso are fully traditional in construction design and largely inspired by the great Spanish makers of the past, they do have a voice and personality that is entirely his own. See in this short video documentary how Richard’s artistic style is informed in subtle ways by his immediate environment – the classic architecture seen in some of Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles’ most iconic historical buildings of the art deco era. His love of hard yet graceful lines and contrasts is expressed in his signature carved headstock, and exquisite rosette design which draws from his love of art-deco styled chandeliers and ancient Egyptian jewelry.
This holiday season, bring one of the amazing guitars here at GSI home by ordering a museum quality print! Choose from the hundreds of photos on our site, all taken by our fantastic photographer Felix Salazar. The shear amount of detail contained in these images is stunning and makes it feel like the actual instrument is right in front of you. If you’re not quite ready to make the investment on a real Garcia, Simplicio, or Torres, this is the next best thing!
“There once was a time when guitars made in China were considered inferior offerings by far. Now, La Cañada Model 115 is only the latest to offer a formidable challenge to this old notion. The guitar feels and sounds just like a good instrument should, and has been French polished to boot. While it would make an outstanding choice for the student player, the Model 115 would also make a reliable companion for the professional performer.”
Orfeo Magazine has, as promised, published their next five issues (#6-10) in print format all in one captivating, quality book. Orfeo did not shy away from providing all of the quality content they deliver online into this one package, which, by the way, we think can make a nice gift during this season! As they did with their compilation of issues #1-5, Orfeo gathers their latest five publications and showcases top-notch, in-depth stories about luthiers the likes of Andrea Tacchi, Luca Waldner, José Luis Romanillos, Antonio de Torres and Eric Sahlin – all spanning various countries including Italy, Spain, Germany and the US, and all building in different styles.
You can find Orfeo’s compilation of issues #6-10 at the GSI Store, and also check out their full catalog of publications on Orfeo’s website.
When luthier Pepe Romero Jr. told us about his new line of strings we had a lot of questions, starting with “why do we need another line of strings?”. Turns out Pepe was able to develop his line of strings to fill missing niches that we didn’t even realize existed. His father, Pepe Romero Sr. shares his experience of the development and evolution of guitar strings from the time he was a boy playing on gut, to the first nylon set he’d ever seen (a set that the family shared for several years!) and beyond. One of the sets is even named the “Pepe Senior” set, since it accurately re-creates an old-style of nylon (smooth, with a slightly milky color in the otherwise clear nylon) that Pepe Senior was very fond of in the early years of nylon, but was discontinued suddenly over 40 years ago.
The full line of Pepe Romero Strings includes rectified sets in normal and hard tensions, a lighter set for vintage or flamenco guitars, a clear nylon set, a fluorocarbon set, and the “Pepe Sr.” set made specifically to the demands of the maestro. Check out the discussions below and learn all you ever wanted to know about this line of guitar strings as well as Pepe Sr.’s personal story of his experiences with strings over the course of his life and career.
Only the most rare and highly-reputed guitars from across eras of the past receive great attention to the extent that players, recording artists and collectors share a common language in expressing just how valuable a guitar is – not in a monetary sense, but in the way that particular guitar’s presence fills the room, in the way its presence inspires a player and in the way the character of the guitar is simply like none other encountered before. Such guitars that come to mind are very special in our books, for example: the famous Antonio de Torres “La leona” (see Fritz Ober’s replica), the 1927 Francisco Simplicio SP/CSAR and the 1957 Hermann Hauser II (ex. Julian Bream) to name very few. However, one very special guitar made an appearance in our showroom recently amongst a legendary, rare and astonishing collection, and it has received attention in ways we could not have imagined.
We wanted to take a minute to thank Apogee and AEA (Audio Engineering Associates) for all of their help recording the Cleveland Collection guitars. In addition to letting us use their Berkeley studio and the great gear there, Apogee have been letting us use one of their Ensemble interfaces. For the bulk of the GSI videos we use the Apogee Duet interface and mic pres (Andrew York’s Yamour video, below, is a great example of what the Duet can do), and the Ensemble gives us more channels and more mic pres in a unit not quite as portable as the Duet but perfect for a live rig and definitely a few steps up in terms of features.
For most of the GSI videos we use a pair of vintage Neumann km84’s, which are as close to industry-standard as it gets for recording guitars, but there’s something that happens with ribbon microphones that can be kind of magical, so it’s been amazing to be able to use some of the great AEA ribbon mics for Andrew York’s ‘Equations of Beauty’ shoot as well as some shoots with Scott Tennant and Billy Arcila (coming very soon). As you’ll hear, the ribbons capture what you might describe as the wood of the guitar in a unique and beautiful way. Their 44ce is an update of the classic RCA 44 – you’ll have seen Sinatra, Bing Crosby and thousands more singing through these in movies – which is still considered one of the best microphones ever made. Their N22 is a modern phantom-powered design that somehow feels like a combination of the best qualities of the 44 and the Neumann km84. Check out the Fret-X video below to hear the N22s through the Apogee Duet mic pres recording a guitar duo.
Also be sure to check out Andrew York’s new piece The Equations of Beauty, recorded at Apogee’s Berkeley Street studio with their flagship Symphony interface (recorded just before the new Mk2 Symphony was launched) with AEA’s 44ce and N22 microphones.
We’re very pleased to announce the release of Mak Grgić‘s CD Cinema Verismo, which we recorded right here in the GSI showroom. Mak worked closely with GSI president David Collett to find the perfect instruments for the pieces we recorded, and the result is a beautiful recording that showcases Mak’s musicianship as well as some beautiful and historic guitars.
Andrew York has just released Yamour – his new double CD – and it is a beautiful record of what he has been up to for the last six years or so. Andrew calls this CD a reflection of his journey through life as an artist, and says that his goal was to give his music “as if he was in your living room, amidst a background of pure silence”. You can buy Yamour here, and you can buy the sheet music directly from Andrew at his website here, where you can download and print immediately.
Last week Andrew came in to GSI and recorded quite a few videos, including many pieces from Yamour, on an amazing Antonio de Torres guitar. I won’t say more than that right now, but check back in the coming weeks to see some beautiful music played on a historic guitar that holds up impressively even with some modern music.