2020 Vladimir Druzhinin CD/AR
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This is the latest guitar from Vladimir Druzhinin, who currently lives and works just outside of Moscow, Russia. Just a look at this instrument reveals a very tasteful and skillfully executed style that is highlighted in his classic rosette, beautiful selection of materials, and elegantly carved headstock. Years ago Vladimir started to explore what he calls the "symmetric classical construction" through the work of Hermann Hauser's structural designs from the 1930s. Like Hauser from this period, Vladimir has taken a similar approach, by assimilating the work of the early Madrid school (Manuel Ramirez, Santos Hernandez, Domingo Esteso, etc). Vladimir's main approach is to make the top, back and sides vibrate in coordinated resonances, equaling and balancing their contribution in sound production to produce great dynamic efficiency, color and balance that results in a solid, focused and brilliant sound. Also in the spirit of these early Spanish masters, the guitar is lightly and efficiently built, with very focused and fast attack to every note. Quality of sound is beautiful - singing and lyrical trebles with smooth, lush yet firm basses. Volume is excellent for any concert setting - either solo or with an ensemble. Although a used guitar it is in excellent condition with only some very modest wear in the finish. We are very pleased to be working with this fine maker as his exclusive representatives in the US and look forward to many more of these great guitars in the years to come.Photos of this guitar taken during construction