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Bendicht Tschannen was born in Switzerland in 1949. He began using hand tools at an early age under his father's tutelage. The forest behind the family home provided a variety of woods: hazelnut, cherry, linden and maple, for his many boyhood projects of chip carving, woodturning, and building. After playing Ukulele for some years as a child, he was inspired to pick up the guitar upon hearing a recording of Segovia. That led to studying at the Conservatory of Bern with Miguel Rubio, and graduation with a Masters in Music in 1973. From 1970 to 1976 he taught classical guitar at Music Schools and Teacher's College in Switzerland. He moved to the United States in 1976, first working in a custom cabinet shop. In 1981 he began building his first musical instruments joining his musical and woodworking talents together.
Bendicht says that the characteristics he finds essential in a guitar are "a broad range of volume, color and expressiveness. It needs to have good sustain, good balance and quick response. My guitars have evolved from copies of instruments built by famous Spanish makers by adapting observations and inspirations gained at conventions and master classes to my own distinct, very playable guitar. I build my instruments with a domed double-top, elevated and lightly radiused finger board, elliptical sound port, heelless neck, and adjustable truss rod." This describes very accurately the instrument we have on offer here, but we'd add also that it has a nice warmth throughout the register and impressive volume. It is made with beautiful materials, particularly a striking set of ziricote for back and sides.