Simon Burgun studied lutherie in Belgium at the Center voor Muziekinstrumentenouw with Walter Verreydt and Karel Dedain. He was encouraged by being awarded the school’s price De Gouden Bootschaaf for the quality of his work. Simon is specialized in the methods, materials and instruments of the 19th century, including romantic and early classical guitars. He shares his time between repairs, restorations and new instruments and builds four guitars a year. His workshop is located in Strasbourg, at the French German border, 80 km from Karlsruhe. This guitar was built after the famous instruments by the Londonian workshop of Joseph and Louis Panormo. This instantly recognisable design was inspired by the Spanish luthier Pages whose instruments were brought to England by Fernando Sor. Panormo guitars are a very interesting link between the romantic and the classical guitars. It features characteritics of the first (small body, pin bridge, mother of pearl decoration) and of the latter (tuners, height of the ribs, fan bracing, use of rosewwod and Spanish cedar), making it an ideal guitar for classical players wishing to wander on the romantic repertoire with the appropriate instrument. The back of the instrument displays an appealing set of shades, from the dark brown rosewood to the mahogany neck and the flame maple headstock. For such a small-bodied instrument, this guitar has a great volume and sustain. Actually, it is the quality of the sound itself that is the most striking. This instrument is very well-balanced with a constant tone and timbre all along the neck. The tone is remarkably rich and doesn’t loose of its complexity in fine “piano” or mighty “fortes”. A brilliant instrument for a romantic and classical guitar aficionado. The tuners are by Rubner and the finish is an hard drying oil. A hard-shell case is included.
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