Canadian Daryl Perry has been a full-time luthier since 1982. Early in his career, he was introduced to the central ideas of the Torres-Hauser school by the famous luthier Jose Romanillos. He has been working with these ideas ever since, refining his understanding of them and developing the craftsmanship that makes them "work". Perry has received a number of awards for his work, allowing him time to do historical and practical research in Europe and North America. As well as the classical guitar, he has been interested in historical "period" instruments and in the past has built Renaissance and Baroque lutes. In 1994, two of his guitars were displayed at Canada's national museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec. Over the past two decades, a number of prominent guitarists have performed on Perry guitars including: Fábio Zanon (Brazil), Marcin Dylla (Poland), Johann Fostier (Belgium), Jerome Ducharme (Canada), Paolo Pegoraro (Italy). The late Roland Dyens recorded two CDs on a Perry guitar ("Sor and Giuliani" from 2006 and "Naguele Tempo" from 2008).
Daryl recently completed this incredibly accurate copy of the 1888 Torres (SE 114) played by Francisco Tarrega, now in the collection of Sheldon Urlik (this is the guitar famously photographed in the hands of Tarrega in the Soneto poster). Daryl had the opportunity to study the original at some length in 1997 when it was owned by Elias Barriero of New Orleans. For some reason Daryl never got around to making his first copy until all these years later (over 2 decades!) perhaps inspired by the recent 200th anniversary of Torres’ birth, or more likely by the question (as Daryl told us) of "if not now, when?" Unlike the vast majority of his work, this guitar was not made to order and fortunately it was offered to us. Daryl is uncertain if he will be building any of these in the future so this could very well be a unique guitar in his output. Sound is lush, warm and loose - akin to a great Torres that has been well-played and aged. Body resonance is F# which gives the guitar deep basses and open trebles. Materials are beautiful, with a dark, aged spruce top, high quality CSAR rosewood for the 3-piece back and sides, bridge and headplate. Tuners are Rodgers, nickel silver with bone buttons, quite similar to the gears on the original that Daryl saw in 1997. As usual, Perry's craftsmanship is clean and perfectly executed, making this an elegant tribute to one of history's most iconic instruments.