thanks ivan. Tal Hurwitz and Carlo Marchione play cedar Tacchi guitars. I played Tal's instrument once when he visited me in Brussels after a concert. The tone was gorgeous, very clear in a sprucy way, but nonetheless slightly different in the tone colours, bit warmer. Tal told me I couldn't go wrong with a cedar coclea.ivan wrote: ↑Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:01 amCongratulations for you new future cedar Coclea, Michael.zupfgeiger wrote: ↑Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:46 amivan, you are absolutely right concerning Andrea's confidence into the acoustic properties of Wenge. All Tacchi Wenge guitars I played were instruments with huge tone volume and resonance. But...last year I had the pleasure to play his famous 900cento guitar, a special Coclea Thucea he built together with Giovanni over some years (definitely not for sale). I not only played it in the workshop, but Andrea was kind enough to lend it to me over night, and I had the opportunity to play it extensively in my hotel room. I completely fell in love with the tone of this guitar which is fitted with Amazon rosewood, a very hard wood too, as Wenge. And the looks: just gorgeous. Hope to get one in the not too far future with back and sides cut from the same chunk. It's a very light coloured piece of wood. Visually and acoustically it will fit very good with the cedar top I opt for. No Thucea - and no additional sound holes. Just not my cup of tea. And the rosette will not be as fancy as the 900cento. More traditional style.ivan wrote: ↑Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:36 pmYes Gregory, it is Wenge. We decide to use Wenge for 2 reasons
1. It is Tacchi's favorite wood. On Andrea's coclea model, i have tried one with Brazilian, another one with Indian, and my own coclea with wenge. The Braz and Indian are both far less impressive than my wenge guitar. I'm not sure if it has something related with the Wenge, but it seems Andrea and Giovanni build very confidently with this wood. So i agree to use it as i want the best possible sound. The sound quality is always be my top priority.
2. CITES reason. I don't know if it is only happen in my country, but even the shipping courier like Fedex or DHL are asking for the CITES when receiving a guitar. Plus the legal custom department will also ask for CITES, Phytosanitary certificate, etc etc. It will give me lots of problems and cost me lots of money.
I'm totally with you about your more traditional taste. I will also ask for a more traditional aesthetic design for my future coclea (all spruce thucea) as I already have a fancy one on my Thucea. Haha
I will make a note about the Amazonian Rosewood and consult about about using this wood with Andrea. My top priority is always about the sound.
Is it a 6-hole or 12-hole tie block, and is this an exact copy of Friederich's approach?
6-hole i think. I don't know if it is an exact copy or not. The structure and construction system is based on 2008 Daniel Friederich that they have in their workshop for a while.
ivan wrote: ↑Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:26 am6-hole i think. I don't know if it is an exact copy or not. The structure and construction system is based on 2008 Daniel Friederich that they have in their workshop for a while.
But Giovanni change few things (wenge instead of Indian RW), and the tie block is his own design. So maybe it would be appropriate to call this guitar as a personalised replica (Andrea also called his Bouchet model as 'personalised replica').
I don't mind at all if he changed few things as long as it will give me the best possible sound and overall quality. For me, it is far more important than some fantasy / fairy tales aspect.