René Lacôte, (1785 – after 1868), apprentice of Joseph Pons, was the clever artisan who succeeded in exploiting his developments, both improving upon it and going further along the same road. Without let-up he tried to meet the needs of musicians, for instance improving the sound quality of the instrument, making it more powerful and ergonomic.
Lacôte was always sensitive to the needs of musicians and composers and he made his instruments trying to meet their desires. Lacôte carried on his work at various addresses, in the same quarter as his violin-maker colleagues Vuillaume, Chanot and Gand, very close to the Music Conservatory. He used at least three successive brands and won awards in 1839 and 1844 during the Great National Exhibitions.
His working life can be summed up as follows:
– Before 1818, he worked for Pons
– In about 1819, he was in rue Montmartre, where he took over the workshop from his colleague Martin
– In about 1823, rue Neuve St-Eustache
– In about 1823, Place des Victoires, where he remained until 15th April 1829; then he moved to rue de Richelieu
– In about 1832, rue de Gramont
– In about 1834, rue de Louvois
– In about 1843, still in rue de Louvois; also managing a shop in Ebury Street (London), starting the company “Lacôte & Cie”
– In about 1850, rue des Martyrs where he worked until 1868 at least.
This gorgeous Luigi Legnani model is in very good condition, perfectly restored and ready to be played. Back and sides are free of cracks, which is rather impressive for an almost 200 years old guitar. On the side nearby the heel, a small piece of maple was inserted. The top had four perfectly repaired cracks and the tuning pegs are now very convenient Pegheds™. The specificity of this Legnani Model is the slightly wider body, with very narrow waist. This guitar is, as always with René Lacôte, an absolutely stunning instrument. It has a clear sound, rich overtones, striking trebles and mellow basses. It is quite impressive that such a rich and fine instrument was built 200 years ago.
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