I am writing to thank you (again) for the beautiful Snakewood guitar that I purchased in January. I have now been playing her almost six months and continue to be enthralled by how easy she is to play and by how beautiful she sounds. She has now performed in a number of recitals and master classes, at the Eastman School in Rochester, NY, where I am a student in the Community Education Division (now the Eastman Community Music School), and at the National Guitar Workshop in New Milford, CT, from which I have just returned. In March she performed in a recital of original compositions. My contribution was a guitar solo, "Melkor's Salvation" inspired by Tolkien's "The Silmarillian." I also sang three folk songs with original accompaniment for guitar and flute. My composition instructor was amazed by the wonderful tone of the guitar: she had heard me perform a number of times on my old guitar, a Casimiro Lozano that I really like, but that now sounds harsh in contrast to the Snakewood guitar. My vocal instructor mentioned a number of times how perfectly the new guitar matches and complements the voice, in contrast to guitars she has heard me play before. My son, now a surgical resident in Vermont.
I also played her in a guitar ensemble led by my instructor, Petar Kodzas, and in two of his studio recitals. I played Elegia (Morreno-Torroba) and Capricho Àrabe. The 640 mm string length made the latter piece so much easier for me than on my old guitar.
Several professional classical guitarists have now tried the snakewood, and, in addition to universally admiring the beauty of the construction, have admired the playability, the perfect intonation throughout the fretboard, and the tone: rich but mellow, and powerful. I find that the expressiveness of my playing has improved considerably over the last six months thanks to the responsiveness of the instrument.
Last week I had the great privilege of playing in masterclasses and in a recital at the National Guitar Workshop in New Milford, CT. It was an honor to play Villancico de Navidad for Berta Rojas, as well as other works for Martha Masters and Julian Gray. They were struck by the beauty and playability of the snakewood guitar. When Berta saw that the guitar was made by you she said: "Ah, Renato!" Several of the students at the workshop were also most impressed. You may hear from at least one.
Several of the comments on your web site refer to the inspiration one receives from you guitars: Let me agree that this guitar is an inspiration to play and, according to the comments I have received, an inspiration to hear.
With very best wishes,
Donald Sade, July 24, 2011
Esta tarde hace pocas horas he recibido la OBRA DE ARTE en forma de guitarra que me has fabricado. Hemos quedado impresionados todos los que la hemos visto y OIDO. Tiene un sonido impresionante con grandes bajos y sobre todo agudos y esto que esta recien acabada. No me imagino lo que puede llegar a dar dentro de un tiempo. Incluso mi YERNO me ha dicho que te felicite.
Con tu guitarra he podido tocar bastante bien toda la primera parte de Asturias incluso la parte de rasgueados que con la otra no podia. Todos los que la han visto me han dicho que es UNA PASADA.
Dentro de pocos dias la presentare en los foros, quiero hacer una buena presentacion.
Son las 10,30 tengo hasta las 12 para empezar a conocernos mas.
Saludos a todos, Josep, Barcelona, Spain, July 7 2011
After 3 weeks of playing at least 1 hour every day, her sound started to break in and I want to thank you very much for a real piece of art. I am very strict when it comes to guitar sound, her bass strings are powerful, deep and sustained. The trebles are so clear and sharp as I love it and I know she is real queen. I am sure she will keep getting better with every passing day.
Thank you very much for your great works
Hugs, Afshin Jalily, Albourz, IRAN, June 23, 2011
She arrived home today. She is so beautiful and sounds marvelously. I am very happy with her. I cannot say thank you enough.
Kiyomi, Tokyo, Japan, June 16,2011
Guitar arrived about two hours ago. What a fabulous instrument!! Even if I didn't play guitar, her aesthetic appearance and artistry are a great addition to my home. She sits next to her Bellucci sisters, one also of Brazilian Rosewood, the other of Cocobolo. Those two guitars have already improved in sound with age. Please continue to make guitarists around the world happy with your creations.
Dan, June 3, 2011, US
I have received this most beautiful instrument. It arrived safe and sound. Thank you. Such wonderful timing as this is Memorial day weekend with Monday off and I did not know what I was going to do with the extra time but now my "Bellucci" master piece guitar will fill my days.
I am so happy to have this instrument to now begin to truly give it my best shot. I am learning "Estudio in Am" and it seems to be the best for me to get my right hand moving along.
Again thank you so much for all your help and encouragement and friendship. I am truly happy to have such a privilege to be having this experience.
I am sure I will be purchasing more instruments as you always exceed my expectations.
Love and Appreciation.
Alan, May 30, 2011
I received the guitar. I LOVE it ! It is so beautiful, in and out.
Thank you sooo much for all of your hard work.
Ty, US, May 22, 2011
Babe arrived today !
You have really out-done yourself this time ! The sinker top and detailing are beyond description...pictures, good as they were didn't do her justice.
Anyway, pretty exciting month for Renato, and all of us who think this was such a grand experience for you !
Best, Steve, Rochester, NY, May 15, 2011
Thank you, I have received my Laurel safely and soundly. The lass is gorgeous. I have a very good guitar I purchased in Boston, but this instrument is very special. Besides the good looks, quality and craftsmanship, what I found very different was the scale length and the curved finger board. The fact that the scale length should fit the size of your hand is something that precious little know. No matter how good a guitar is if the scale length does not fit your hand, you will still have difficulty to play fluently. I am convinced this guitar compares well to instruments costing five times more. I am going to have endless joy with this beauty.
Regards, Eddie, Kempton Park, South Africa May 11, 2011
I have been paying my beautiful Bellucci at least an hour a day and the guitar is SUPER LOUD now and the sustain is UNREAL! This guitar makes my old Ramirez 1A sound like student instrument. Congratulations on creating a true masterpiece!
Tim Mackey, Recording Artist, Performer, Instructor
Guitar, Mandolin, Violin & Banjo, OR, USA, April 14, 2011
Awesome, my Brother!! Just as I thought, and them some…!!
The grain Looks Fabulous!! The trebles are crystal clear, basses are robust and warm, sustain and volume are out of this world, the notes can ring forever-and-a-day she. She'll make me sound like a I know what I'm doing… We have a few performances coming up, I'll send you videos or pictures of them by this Summer.
Thank You Renato, Many Hugs,
Ismael Mendoza, April 2, 2011
I ran home from work to open up the box and see my guitar that arrived earlier today. She is so gorgeous and perfect! A piece of art indeed that words can’t describe! Thank you very much from the depth my heart for your help in selecting guitar I’ve always dreamed of and having this very unique guitar. It was very worth every minute waiting for her to arrive in the UK. We will keep in touch! All the best regards
Tolga, April 1, 2011
I wanted you to know that I received the beautiful Tasmanian Blackwook guitar this afternoon. I am very happy with it! Thank you!
Doug Bauer, Albion NY, March 8, 2011
you changed my life. With your masterpiece, I can see visions of myself actually playing music I'd always thought impossible. the Custom masterpiece you sent me made me believe in believing again. thanks SO much !
Jack Mibeck, March 7, 2011
Hello. It was a great surprise to have received my guitar yesterday afternoon! She is warm and vibrant and shall be treasured for many years. We are grateful for your services and wish you the best in life. Thank you.
Sincerely, Gabriel & Laura, Plymouth, MI, February 28, 2011