This is Nina Fourie Gouws. On her way to the Volterra Project of Antigoni Goni she stopped by in Amsterdam because she asked me to give her spruce top guitar a French polish touch up. She also has a cedar top on which she recently recorded a Bach Prelude.
This is Xinghan Luo. He is working as a software engineer in the Netherlands and is a real guitar aficionado. He is a friend of Cang Guang who introduced us to each other. Last week I finished his guitar which he personally collected from my workshop.
This is Niels Eikelboom playing An Malvina by Johann Kaspar Mertz. Niels came to Amsterdam because he wanted to compare his cedar guitar with a spruce top model. After a detailed comparison he concluded that each model has its quality. He decided to keep the cedar and to add a spruce to his collection as well.
Jacob Surendonks guitar contains two labels. One of them shows Andres Segovia’s signature.
Considero la guitarra que me ha hecho el Sr. Camacho Viera el mejor instrumento de cuantos han pasado en mis manos. (I consider the guitar which Sr. Camacho Viera has made for me, the best instrument of all which went through my hands). Andres Segovia, Buenos Aires 1934.
On top of the label there is a signature, Carlos Salinas (left) and a date Julio de 1975 (right). Below it says Rodolfo Camacho Viera, Buenos Aires año 1956.
The small label on the left says Tapa armónica y diapasón de ébano construida por Carlos Salinas (harmonic top and and ebony fingerboard made by C. S.) Buenos Aires 1975.
The guitar was made in 1956 by Rodolfo Camacho Viera. The text of Andres Segovia was written in 1934 and a copy was put in the guitar by the builder as a kind of testimonial. The guitar was repaired by Carlos Salinas in 1975.
I could add a label myself:
French polished after having repaired all it’s cracks, Otto Vowinkel, Amsterdam, May 2013.
This is Eline Hofstra. She is a student at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag where she studies with Enno Voorhorst. I know she plays beautifully because every now and then she comes to our house to try out a new program or to rehearse for competitions. I have known her since she was a little girl and I have seen her growing up into this charming young lady. This picture was taken last Summer when she came by to have her guitar repolished. At the end of the month she will celebrate her 21st birthday!
This are Michael and Miyuki Richards, enjoying their holidays in Amsterdam. A couple of weeks ago Michael bought a guitar at the Guitar Salon and now, walking through our beautiful city, he decided to check out it’s maker.