Hidy Ho wrote:Anyone know anything about Luis Molina guitars being imported by Fine Fretted String Instruments in Campbell, CA? That's another place I was thinking of visiting.
Randy's a cool fellow and you can find a few gems in his shop. But these are usually at prices well above what you've stated your budget to be. I like visiting his shop and rummaging through his boxes and files for books, DVDs, CDs and sheet music. If it's hard-to-find or out-of-print, there's a good chance that Randy will have at least 1-2 copies and
at the original retail price.
He's got a lot of stories to tell about the classical and flamenco world.
I wish I could get a little more excited about his entry-level flamenco guitars but I don't feel that they're competitively priced. Of course, he has one of the best trade-in-and-trade-up
deals in the SF Bay Area (probably the
best) so that could be taken into consideration. His Louis Molina modelo 75 looks very much like the OEM version of the aforementioned Prudencio Saez PS22 (also once imported into and sold in the US as the Lucida 797 by The Music Link in South San Francisco). You can buy those for $1k plus shipping elsewhere (but you won't get Randy's set-up nor his trade-up deal).
If you don't mind my asking, how much of a beginner are you and how confident are you in your ability to evaluate guitars? How serious are you about traveling down flamenco road
(after all, you are here in a classical