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Tatay classical guitars

Postby quarkking » Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:13 am

SOME YEARS AGO I PURCHASED A TATAY CLASSICAL ACOUSTIC GUITAR FOR MY DAUGHTER. IT IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH NEW FRETS, IT IS MADE IN VALENCIA, ESPANA, (GUITARRAS, ESPANOLAS) 1861 ON LABEL. WITH A SERIAL NUMBER OF 11364 AND A MODEL NUMBER PAPER TAG #4W. I DID FIND OUT THAT THOMAS TATAY BUILT GUITARS IN VALENCIA FROM 1860 UNTIL ABOUT 1939. HIS SON, VICENTE CNTINUED, AND I BELIEVE THERE WAS A FACTORY IN THE US AS WELL LATER ON. I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE VALUE OF THIS GUITAR. MOST GRATEFUL FOR ANY RESPONSE. RETIRED CONSULTANT.
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Re: TATAY CLASSICAL GUITARS

Postby Paul Saywood » Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:04 am

Hello quarkking,

Welcome to the forum! Maybe you'd like to introduce yourself here viewforum.php?f=28 You can tell us all about your musical background and interests.

BTW, could you try typing without using capitals exclusively? :)

As for your guitar, I'm sorry that I can't help, but I'm sure that one of our members will.

Thanks

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Re: TATAY CLASSICAL GUITARS

Postby Pepe Vergara » Wed Jan 16, 2008 6:59 am

Vicente Tatay was probably the son of Thomas, after his dead, the business continued as Hijos de Vicente Tatay. It was one of the largest factories ever in Valencia, Spain. The factory was located at the current site where Maderas Barber is. One son of Vicente (Andrew, I believe) moved to the US and continue making guitars until about 20 year ago. If you have one from the 19th century, it is a good thing. If it was made by Thomas Tatay himself, it could have a high value. If it was made at his factory, it probably has different value. Sorry, I cannot offer any more help.

About 10 years ago, I bought a Vicente Tatay guitar on e - b a y for $120. IT was beaten up, I fixed and sold it for aobut $250. Not much there. The buyer was very pleased to have such an antique guitar.
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Re: TATAY CLASSICAL GUITARS

Postby brian » Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:42 pm

andrew, a brother, and his dad were in n.y.c. around the 50's 60's.
then moved to long island and set up shop.
andrew kept the shop open until the late 90's.
i have one of the last he built around '96.
he was a great guy, real old school.
it's fashionable to trash tatay(valencia) guitars as they built
tons of student guitars but, there were some high end ones as well(in new york anyway).
andrew did excellent work and charged next to nothing.
i also have one his dad built in '66, that thing is as light as a feather.

check with a mirror on the underside of the top around the
soundhole. the n.y. ones had the date stamped with one of the
office type ink stamps.

harmony central user reviews has a few on tatay.
everyone liked theirs (i think pepe even wrote a fairly glowing review)
prices were very low.

**after thought***
felix manzanero has a vicente tatay in his well respected collection
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then quit.
there's no use being a damn fool about it.
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Re: Tatay classical guitars

Postby Pepe Vergara » Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:34 pm

Hi Brian:
I seem to remember your writing style. You may be the same person who I exchanged lots of emails about 8 years ago, when I was selling the Tatay. I now regret having sold it. That little guitar had several cracks that I repaired, but wept like a woman and sang like an angel.

Or,

Are your Brian, the bro from GSI forum?
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Re: Tatay classical guitars

Postby brian » Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:37 am

hey pepe-
i do remember writing to you, not about buying your tatay but,
after reading your review of your 'former' tatay.
asking various technical questions about
buzzing, loose braces, and other problems. for sure early 2000.
still got my two tatay's. 8)

and yeah, i participate over at GSI as well!!!
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Re: Tatay classical guitars

Postby Pepe Vergara » Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:38 am

Brian:
Good to "see" you again.

Pepe
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