Canadian Daryl Perry has been a full-time luthier since 1982. Early in his career, he was introduced to the central ideas of the Torres-Hauser school by the famous luthier Jose Romanillos. He has been working with these ideas ever since, refining his understanding of them and developing the craftsmanship that makes them "work". Perry has received a number of awards for his work, allowing him time to do historical and practical research in Europe and North America. As well as the classical guitar, he has an ongoing interest in historical "period" instruments and builds Renaissance and Baroque lutes. In 1994, two of his guitars were displayed at Canada's national museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec.
This particular instrument is an homage to Torres - although not a reproduction per se, it has elements found in various Torres instruments both structurally and most obviously aesthetically. Materials include beautiful (and rare) birds-eye maple for the back and sides and a gorgeous spruce top. There are many intricate inlays including meander patterns in the headstock and herringbone purfling throughout. It is not only exquisite in materials and craftsmanship, but it has a lush, golden sound, akin to a great Torres. Although a new guitar, it does have an older, played-in, "antique" quality to the sound, very charming. Plenty of volume and great balance round this instrument off as a very desirable example of this great maker's work.