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THE OSHAWA CHAPTERS
||An excursion to Oshawa ,and an introduction to Lattice
Bracings and Vegitarian Cusine.
It must be in the cards....Fade back in time to the
1998 Guild of American Luthier's Convention in Tacoma
, Washington on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University.
Once more the most attended session was in progress...the
guitar sound test in acoustically friendly Lagerquist
Hall. In this event any and all Luthiers are invited
to leave their instruments for a test drive in a concert
type venue. The instrument is tendered a mini performance
by an established classical guitarist to an audience
of builders , music lovers and players. The instrument
is given a proper introduction , a short biography
of it's creation, its birth date and or any special
features or construction techniques. After this brief
introduction the guitar is played for a few precious
minutes and the audience is then free to offer comments
on his or her experiences of that particular instrument....what
follows is rather interesting to say the least.
Out of this rather large body of beautifully crafted
guitars ; there are a few guitars that speak volumnes
for themselves. These guitars exhibit a clarity ,
resonance and power that separate them from the others.
In my mind the instruments that stood out in the Tacoma
Convention of 1998 were the kASHA/SCHNEIDER GUITARS
made by luthiers Boaz Elkayam and Jay Hargreaves ;
and once more luthier Jeff Elliot produced a majestic
and beautiful classical guitar....ahhhh (by the way,
I have elevated Jeff Elliot to God-like status for
his consistently amazing guitars of impeccable artistry
The toast of Tacoma 98 I give to Luthier Joshia de Jonge
and her latticed braced classical guitar with Zircote backs
and sides. (photo above) Joshia is the daughter of a Lutherie family headed
by Sensei Sergei de Jonge and includes brothers Alan, Rubin,
and Sagen...should I mention that ages range from 11 year old
Alan to 19 year old Joshia ? I remember succinctly my immediate
reaction to Joshia's guitar ...two words ....oh wow !....and
we slowly fade to black.
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