1864 Antonio de Torres SP/CSAR
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The guitar is a marvelous and extremely rarified example of Torres' most representative work from this period. This is a full-sized Torres, nearly "modern" by today's standards in terms of measurements and proportions which incredibly, remain the blueprint for all guitar makers ever since, with little to no modification from this basic design. Condition of the guitar is excellent, particularly given that it was built over 150 years ago. Only a handful of nearly invisible cracks (none in the back, 2 in the top and a few in the sides) have been expertly and conservatively done, maintaining the original integrity of the instrument beautifully. Therefore, the guitar is in top, performance-ready condition. Sound is absolutely majestic. It has a huge voice with a velvety texture, rich in overtones yet retaining great clarity at the core of every note. Torres of course had great style and a keen eye for design - it is as beautiful in appearance as in sound, it has a 4-piece CSAR back, and a classic ringed rosette with central herringbone motif and "block" purflings which has since become one of the most copied rosettes in successive generations of guitar making. This is a breathtaking example of a well-preserved, elegantly built and simply gorgeous Torres. Highly desirable to the most discriminating collector or performer alike.Orfeo Magazine #9 - The 200th Anniversary of Antonio de Torres