A bit off topic as this is an electronic music forum but I do like me all kinds of eccentric maverick genius creators (Robert Langer, Ross Bencin!). Thought I'd share this for any forum members that play guitar. This is a guitar built by Ralph Bown - a York based luthier who builds hand crafted parlour guitars. They're built from the finest tone woods money can buy (probably costing a lot of money). They take two years to build on average and sound like crystal.
Thought you might enjoy a listen. I find it quite relaxing.
Vade Satan! Do not tempt me with more guitars, for I don't want to end up in the garden shed. Pretty beautiful guitar though, fortunately I'm wise enough to know that the only way to get better at guitar is to practice more, not to buy more guitars. I will admit though that I saw an improvement in my playing once I went from my trusty mexican telecaster to a headless strandberg boden 6 string, only because I covetted that guitar so much that I also want to play more guitar, practice more and subsequently get better at it.
Interesting! I haven't heard of Ralph before, so will see what I can find
Another York guitar maker (Dave Gregory) literally lived across the road from me until his untimely death in 2016 - I wish I'd made the effort to chat with him beyond a passing "hello" in the street...
Beautiful guitar and playing. If that guitar made me play that nice I'd start saving. But I'm not that silly......just silly enough to buy a modular synth and try to make it sound plucky instead of picking up my axe 4 Meters away.......
I found a classical guitar in the trash in Japan in 1999 and have loved it ever since. It's a bit high-tension and hard work to play, but it's incredibly loud for a nylon string instrument. It had a yellow rolling stones sticker on the soundboard and dots had been drawn on the (probably ebony) fingerboard with white paint.
Since the internet was not so widespread in 1999, there was not much info. Recently, I thought to search it up and found they 'start' at $3000USD and go upwards. Unlike recent models, made by probably highly competent assistants, this has no brand, just Tsuji Wataru's signature inside.
I'd better learn to play it, before my teenager inevitably leaves home with it under his arm.
Wow that guitar sounds pretty sweet. Japanese guitar build quality is top notch. Especially the hand made ones. I recently an Amalio Burguet Flamenco for a while. That was fantastic. It growled when you strummed it.