This is Otto Vowinkel's concert model, made in 2011. His instruments have always been physically light – this one is one of 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, "Churchdoor-like" aged rosewood used on this guitar is a stunning and complements the great workmanship beautifully, giving this guitar a unique aesthetic flair. Notable design features include his instantly recognizalbe rosette design with herringbone in the purfling surrounding the mosaic (which is 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 Graf. This slightly more compact body size produces what we believe to be his best-sounding model to date – huge volume production with little right hand effort, a plump and lively quality of tone – very lyrical and beautiful at the same time. GV Rubio recently repaired a small, hairline crack in the back - apart from this and some minor playing wear the guitar is in excellent condition.
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).