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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all aspiring luthiers, 16 May 2014
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This review is from: Antonio De Torres, Guitar Maker: His Life and Work (Yehudi Menuhin music guides) (Paperback)
A must read for anyone inspired to make guitars. Well researched, and written by a luthier who loves wood as much as he enjoys the challenges a creating beautiful instruments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A history of how and by whom the guitar changed from medieval instrument to today's high performance instrument, 22 Oct 2013
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The book provides a history of de Torres' life, trade/craft development from carpenter to master luthier, family connection, and the activities of various other competing and cooperating fellow musicians and luthiers.

It additionally logs all known surviving de Torres guitars, noting their varying physical dimensions, different choices and application of woods, and different joining/jointing techniques including decorative rosettes and purfling/bindings; a particular attention is given to the developing architecture of the inner body reinforcement, providing musical and structural strength and longevity to the instrument and allowing the performance on the guitar to become very robust and energetic rather than merely playing being in a more soothing, melodic style.

Given the beauty of the guitars illustrated, it's unfortunate that colour, rather black & white only, is not employed for the pictures of the surviving guitars. Understandably the pictures of de Torres and the like are in the only available colour of the period, ie black and white.

I notice that the editing and revisions have not corrected minor errors, eg a building "storey" being written as "story" .

In summary, a great work and endeavour and rightly recording the 19th century's greatest luthier and an influence on those in the 20th/current era, including Hauser, Ramirez etc.
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