You might try and locate a Francisco Navarro guitar to your liking. I'm trying to get him to move his shop to San Antonio Texas where we can stay in touch with the on going styles he is now building, Manuel Reyes, Fleta style and a few more. His prices are right at what you want to pay. You could probably order one from La Sonata guitars in Europe. Navarro builds an excellent Fleta style classical and you can order French polish if you prefer. Also, his current Reyes flamenco style is one of the best I've seen.Adrian wrote:Dear Luthiers,
I am keen to buy a beautiful, hand made, faultlessly crafted, bright, but even toned guitar, french-polished to a degree of perfection (etc... add your own superlatives) but of course I would like to get said guitar for £3000 or so, cos I'm not rich and I'm mean as hell.
So I thought this might be the place to start looking. Only one rule in answering this post, don't try to sell me your guitars! recommend someone else
OK - here is a short list of luthiers whose guitars I really like. Some of them will be outside your price range I expect, although second hand might be a possibility.Adrian wrote:Go on, you can do it, if you try really really hardJames Lister wrote:You want luthiers to recommend other luthiers???
Hey Bob, sorry if i made the wrong impression, I'm quite cuddly really. Difficult to convey irony in a post perhaps, but if I was 'mean as hell' I probably wouldn't say so...Robert Webster wrote:Adrian, I gotta tell ya, I'm totally surprised that you even got one nice reply given your original post. What planet are you on? Why would someone go out of their way on a very civilized forum like this to accomodate someone who describes themselves as "mean as hell"? Besides which, isn't it really up to the players to recommend luthiers?
After saying this, and having luthiers respond so gracefully, recommending guitars made by other luthiers, says a lot in regards to their humbleness, when most luthiers who participate in this forum are really talented people who build great classical guitars. Glad that you softened the tone in the later posts.Adrian wrote:Only one rule in answering this post, don't try to sell me your guitars! recommend someone else
Let us know when you buy your guitar and tell us how you come to make a choiceAdrian wrote: Anyway, thank you gents for the info so far, the websites I have checked out look very interesting, and the guitars very beautiful.