This is Claudia Donat, a Swedish amateur guitarist. She sent me an email.
With her permission quoted in its entirety underneath.
“Dear Mr Vowinkel
I wanted to write to you for a long time but I did not dare. Because I am a simple amateur, learning the guitar in my little cottage. I started my journey with a simple guitar but I was near to give up. Then I probably did one of the craziest things I have ever done: I bought one of your wonderful guitars in 2018. Since then I am so in love with her! What a sound! What a feeling she gives back! This, your guitar, opened a whole new world to me.
But still: I am kind of embarrassed to say, “I have a Vowinkel concert guitar”. …. I am just an amateur, training and playing all for myself. The poor guitar will never see a big concert hall. So why have such a wonderful concert guitar? Sometimes I feel it was to grab for the clouds that I bought her. But, dear Mr. Vowinkel: she is deeply loved and cared for. She now “lives” in Sweden at the west coast. I see the sea and the fjord when I play and it’s like a drug to play this guitar.
In this summer I participated the Swedish Guitar and Lute festival, had a wonderful time with great teachers and I did something I never did before because I am too scared: I played in front of an audience of 50 people!
And we did it! My guitar and me!!
Afterwards I got a lot of comments and many of them were about my guitar! What sound! What magical sound! And yes, I just agree.
So with this mail, dear Mr. Vowinkel, I want to thank you for this brilliant instrument! She is my big love. Unfortunately for her, she ended up with me, simple and just amateur, but I really love her. And she will stay in Sweden!
With big hugs from me
I enclose some pictures. Some of them with wonderful Emma Rush who was the master teacher at this festival.”
I hope Claudia and her great love will stay together forever!