Here’s Rafael Elizondo playing a gorgeous 1862 Antonio de Torres. It’s always an amazing experience to hear these guitars played after so many years and have them always deliver. Here’s a bit about the guitar (and you can read more on the product page):
This is a fantastic example of an incredibly well-preserved first-epoch Torres guitar, made in his Seville workshop at Calle de la Cerrageria No. 32 in 1862. Built the same year as the famous “paper mache” guitar, it has the unique and creative feature of using colored paper as part of the rosette (in bright red and blue) and veneer lines in the top purfling (in blue). It is one of Torres’ more elaborately made instruments, featuring 3 piece sides (with flamed maple at the edges and birdseye maple in the mid-section). The back is birds-eye maple, the top European spruce. Master repairman Yuris Zeltins recently cleaned-up a few old repairs and also did a fresh setup job which makes this one of the easiest and most enjoyable instruments to play that we have seen in years. The surprising effortlessness required of the player yields the most intoxicating results in terms of beauty and quality of tone, the guitar itself being ultra-responsive (due in large part to its featherlight build) to the most delicate or aggressive touch, with a huge palette of tonal colors to choose from, all available with the slightest change of right hand position. It is mind-bending to experience this while realizing at the same time that this instrument is over 150 years old! Truly a very rare and unique example of one of the great masterpieces in the history of guitar making.
Huge thanks to Rafa Elizondo for showing us what a guitar like this can sound like after 152 years!
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