1993 Peter Barton (8-string) SP/CSAR
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Based out of Yorkshire in the north of England, Peter Barton has been building professionally since the mid-1980's. His initial training was under the direction of Roger Rose in West Dean, Sussex, where he learned the traditional methods of early musical instrument construction including baroque lutes, guitars, viols, violins, cellos and basses. His classical guitars are based on Hauser and Romanillos models. They are not intended as exact copies but follow similar patterns of form and construction with the goal of producing an instrument with a clear balanced tone, good sustain and projection. The top on this guitar is made from a fine piece of Swiss spruce, which is very stiff and produces a very focused and penetrating quality of sound. The aesthetic touches are inspired by the guitars of Jose Romanillos, of which he is especially fond. Of note, this guitar has 8 strings, which can be tuned in various ways to accommodate almost any kind of transcription - be it 19th century piano music or Baroque lute music. Barton guitars have been played be several important concert players, including Vladislav Blaha from the Czech Republic and Russian composer/performer Nikita Koshkin.