2008 Andrea Tacchi "Ommagio a Robert Bouchet" SP/CSAR
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A native of Florence, Italy, Andrea Tacchi
is arguably Italy's foremost contemporary luthier and is ranked among the top handful in the world by players and collectors alike. His interest in guitar making started very early in his life - he built his first guitar at age 15. In 1977 he began the serious study of guitar making with Argentinian luthier Ricardo Brané. After Brané’s death, Tacchi traveled extensively (starting in the early 1980s) in pursuit of mastering his craft. In Spain he spent time in the workshops of Jose Ramirez III, Paulino Bernabe Sr, and Francisco & Gabriel Fleta; and in England with Jose Romanillos. But perhaps his most influential trips were those to France where he befriended and consulted with Robert Bouchet and Daniel Friederich, whose approaches and aesthetics would greatly impact Tacchi's developing style. His reputation internationally was boosted in 1985 when he competed in the Concours International des Facteurs de Guitare organized by Robert Vidal of Radio France - Tacchi won first prize for Aesthetic Qualities and second general prize for Acoustic Qualities. His instruments have been played by several notable guitarists including Filomena Moretti, Flavio Cucchi, Carlo Marchione, Antigoni Goni, Robert Gruca, Colin Davin, Minoru Inagaki, and Marcelo Kayath, while others belong to important private collections. Two of his guitars are in the collection of the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Florence, Italy.
Tacchi builds a variety of models - several of his own (including his well-known Coclea and Thucea) as well as tributes to some historical builders. This guitar is an homage to Robert Bouchet, one of his former teachers. Tacchi built his first "Bouchet" model in 1994, following Bouchet's notes that were collected in the "Cahier d’Atelier" ("Workshop Notebook"), which was later published by the Conservatoire de Paris. Based on these notes and his personal experiences with Bouchet, Tacchi created what we'd call as a "personalized replica", which allows for some of Tacchi's own ideas in the design and production of sound. In 1998 Tacchi was invited to exhibit one of his Bouchet models in Shibuya, Tokyo at the celebration of the 100-year anniversary of Bouchet’s birth. Concerning Bouchet, Tacchi has written: "He linked the 'gesture' with the material, a characteristic typical of sculptors, and one ought not to forget that Bouchet started out as both a painter and a sculptor."
This guitar has a big, full and thick quality of sound - very plump and wholesome. In the spirit of Bouchet is is also very responsive thanks in part to the light internal bracing and choice of spruce for the top - Tacchi is extremely selective with his materials, both in the intrinsic properties of the wood and how it's cut. It has a huge dynamic range and has an assertive quality of sound when played at any volume level. Conditionwise, it does have one thin, hairline crack that occured shortly after the guitar was built, during a shipping event, but has just been examined and re-touched up by Yuris Zeltins and is barely visible and of no structural or tonal consequence. Otherwise condition is excellent, with only a mild amount of playing wear. It has a gorgeous aesthetic as well - the timeless shapes, curves and understated elegance of Bouchet comes together here under the artful hands of one of the great contemporary masters.
Luthier Bio: Andrea Tacchi
Orfeo Magazine article on Tacchi, Locatto and Frignani