A geezer, I've been playing CG on and off since 1960. My parents sentenced me to the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) tutelage for a few years as kid/tween/teen. I squeaked a pass on my Grade 8, flunking Grade 9, then super squeaking a pass the following year. The study of CG has always been first and foremost an intellectual exploration, like some folks play chess or do the NYT crosswords. I think this is because I wouldn't say I was particularly musical in the aesthetic sense. I've done a few informal gigs, like church, wedding, conference, but those stints never lived up to the pleasure of practice in solitude.
I've flirted with steel string guitars over the decades, but always came home to nylon strings.
My favorite music is the well-known South American canon, but also latin jazz, especially Jobim. But I've dabbled with Russian stuff (Mantaya Ophee, r.i.p) and even did some fingering proofing/editing for MO. I love Domeniconi's compositions, some of Koshkin's, and York can be fun too. I had a one-on-one composition lesson with Stephan Rak many years ago. The piece I wrote was dreadful and morose and I'm embarrassed to look back, remembering Rak's kind patience and how in a matter of minutes he'd picked up my theme and transformed it into something kewl, ad lib. Sigh.
My guitar was built in 1984 by Olivo Chiliquingua, a South American builder. An anvil-heavy cedar/rosewood beast, 650mm with 51mm nut. It has a round, golden, caramel sound, so I'm curious now to test instruments with a little more sparkle, even if that means exposing even more of my technical flubs. Also curious about slightly shorter scale, like 640, even if barely perceptible. Heck a millimeter here or there might make a difference for ageing digits.
I'm a very late joiner here because I haven't really touched the instrument for a couple of years. I've wandered into these silent deserts several times over the decades, but I always return with enough freshness in the tank to last me a few years.
I've been lurking here for awhile, but look forward to participating in some of the discussions. The group appears to be occupied by diverse interests, mainly civil differences of opinion, and some very knowledgeable people.