1933 Enrique Sanfeliu SP/CSAR (ex Pepe Romero)
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Enrique Sanfeliu was born in 1882 in Valencia, Spain and as a child built small "toy" guitars for his friends - tue sign of a promising future as a guitar maker. After hearing Tarrega play a concert in Valencia, he decided to devote his life to the guitar - not just as a player, but also as a maker. He later moved to Valencia where he worked in the workshop of Juan Estruch, and befriended Enrique Garcia, who shared his knowledge of lutherie with Sanfeliu. His instruments show the unmistakable influence of the later guitars of Enrique Garcia, as well as the instruments of his great protege - Francisco Simplicio - ornate marquetry, carved headstock, etc. are all present here in this instrument. It has a beautiful, old-world sound, also reminscent especially of Simplicio - lyrical trebles and a dark, haunting and mysterious quality. It is fitted with a "tornavoz" - a conical tube attached to the soundhole, which adds a sonic boom to the bottom end and gives the trebles a brilliant clarity.
Perhaps the most famous player of Sanfeliu guitars was Agustin Barrios Mangore, whose famous Sanfeliu instrument bore his name in the headstock. This instrument was owned by Pepe Romero before it entered the Russell Cleveland collection over a decade ago. This is a very fine, rare, collectible and playable instrument by one of the great Barcelona masters of the twentieth century.