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I was wondering if anyone else has a Strunal guitar. The Strunal company is in the Czech republic, and they mostly make student level orchestral string instruments. They also make a small line of guitars, generally lower priced. I have one of their more expensive ones (retails for about 500 to 600 dollars) and it's without a doubt one of the nicest guitars I've played. (To put that in perspective, I haven't played anything that costs more than about $3,000.00, and I haven't been able to do a head to head comparison with the Strunal because there are no longer any high-end classical guitar shops in my immediate area.)
The guitar itself is a model C870. It has a cutaway (I know, heresy and all that, but for my purposes it's just fine, and I kind of like the easier access to the higher frets). It has a solid red cedar top, and the back and sides are of absolutely gorgeous red gum. The back is solid wood (!) and the sides are laminate. Sound is, of course, hard to describe, in comparing it to a couple of Tomas Lazaros I have, a few of the lower priced Tanaras, and some low-to-mid-range Yamahas it is absolutely miles beyond any of those. It has a great dynamic range, it's very easy for me to bring out any line I want in any range, etc.
Anyone else have any experience with those guitars? There is apparently a model 977 that is cedar and rosewood (and no cutaway) which I would like to get my hands on, but they are pretty hard to find.
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Classitar wrote:... I remember that David Allen Coester sells them...
I purchased a 3/4 size Strunal for my 11 year old daughter (she's caught the CG bug too) from David Coester without incident. He's a really nice guy, very pleasant to do business with.
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Heather and the Strunal guitar
KevinCollins wrote:I have a student who plays the Strunal guitars. She saves her pennies and buys her own guitar. She went from half to 3/4 and won't sell her old guitars, they are her buddies. They are very light with an open sound. They play in tune, accurately fretted in higher positions. If you can convince parents that the sound of the guitar will make their kids want to practice, it is a good investment. I would say they retain value and have a high re-sale/ trade-up value but, so far, they won't let go of them.
Wow Kevin.. That girl has fantastic posture and Right hand position for her age. Excellent Job!!
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KevinCollins wrote:I have a student who plays the Strunal guitars. She saves her pennies and buys her own guitar. She went from half to 3/4 and won't sell her old guitars, they are her buddies.Cheers,
This is exactly why I come here every single day, Kevin!
I either learn something new, laugh my ass off, or get a "thrll and a tear". I never know on which threads I'll find these things. Most often on the most innocuous sounding ones...
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There's something about seeing young people with with a calm, earnest expression on their faces—and a musical instrument in their hands. It somehow gives you renewed hope for humanity.
And I too own a Strunal guitar, model 4655. They are the largest instrument manufacturer in Europe, having been recognized for "European Excellence" and the guitar division is located in the town of Luby, in the Czech Republic. It's a full-size classical guitar, with a 52mm nut, cedar top, mahogany back & sides, with a high-gloss finish. The tone and volume is greater than my other classical guitars, and I was quite surprised. When I first got it, it needed a few parts, so it described as a "project guitar" and didn't cost me much. The bindings are black, so I replaced the white/gold tuning machines with black/gold tuners with ebony knobs, supplied a nut & saddle, and it now looks as good as it sounds!
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Anthony Campanella wrote:Hi Max,
I have no experience with them but I remember that David Allen Coester sells them
He may be able to provide some info
I notice that the guitars on that site have veneer backs, sides, and spruce veneer tops. I wonder what the "under" wood is?
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I looked at the sound hole of my Strunal, and could see a top and a bottom in the top with a very thin line in between. The thickness of the top is the same as my solid top guitars. Is the darker section in between veneer or resin? The guitar sounds as good, or possibly even better than my high end BJ Rubin Grand Concert classical. Admittedly, the tone is not as "bright" sounding as my steel string guitars, but it's not supposed to be. The basses are deep and the trebles are clear and mellow, which is my preference. If the back and sides are laminated, it has little, if any adverse effect on my guitar, that I can detect. At the price I paid, I'm totally happy and pleasantly surprised.
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