This is a great instrument by Otto Vowinkel. As is typical of his work, this instrument is physically light – this one being among the lightest we’ve seen yet, likely the result of a slight more compact body size and efficient use of materials. It is incredibly easy to play, ultra-responsive and very powerful. The extremely dramatic, aged rosewood used on this guitar is a wonderful complement to the great workmanship, giving this guitar a unique aesthetic flair. Fans of Vowinkel will also notice his rosette design which features herringbone in the purfling surrounding the mosaic (which is still the motif found in the flag for the city of Amsterdam). The headstock is carved in the style of the building in Amsterdam where Vowinkel works (see photo) and the MOP dot at the top represents a small light near a window. The shellac finish, using the traditional French polish method, is done with great care and adds a beautiful luster to the finished instrument. Tuners are Alessi. This is his best-sounding guitar to date in our opinion – huge volume with little effort, and the sound is plump and very lively – very lyrical and beautiful at the same time. Although second-hand, this instrument is in near-mint condition with barely any signs of use.
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 the Oberhausen Competition using a cedar Vowinkel).