2008 Otto Vowinkel SP/CSAR
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This is Otto Vowinkel's
concert guitar, and is physically light, easy to play and ultra-responsive. In contrast to many other makers these days Vowinkel doesn't use lattice bracing, tops reinforced with carbon-balsa or other modern design styles. In Vowinkel's opinion, the best-sounding instruments are made by using only wood and traditional construction. The extremely dramatic, 45 year old rosewood used on this guitar is a wonderful complement to the great workmanship, giving this guitar a unique aesthetic flair. The headstock is actually designed after the shape of the building in Amsterdam where Vowinkel works (see photo), and the rosette uses a motif found in the flag for the city of Amsterdam. The shellac finish, using the traditional French polish method, is done with great care and adds a beautiful luster to the finished instrument.
Several concert/recording artists play Vowinkel guitars, including Denis Azabagic, Esther Steenbergen, and the Amsterdam Guitar Trio. Several competition winners play these instruments as well, including Tariq Harb (1st prize winner of the 2011 Barrios World Wide Web Competition and 2011 Montreal International Classical Guitar Competition), Chia-Wei Lin (a Taiwanese guitarist who recently won 1st prize at the Singapore International Guitar Competition) and Sanel Redzic (a young Bosnian guitarist who won the Vienna Competition and earlier this year, the Oberhausen Competition using a cedar Vowinkel).
Luthier Bio: Otto Vowinkel