Without wanting to make too bad a judgment on a different guitar, against the Reid Vaultback, a normal price industry guitar would seems as it were the handicraft of a ten-year old child. Extraordinary, unique, far away from any mainstream and artistically valuable. The Vaultback Halo of DAR is a masterpiece of contemporary lutherie – without ifs and buts. Its unbelievable value as a musical instrument competes with its artistic quality. I am honoured to have been allowed to play a guitar that differs so much from anything known and which leaves such an impression. Considering how rare these creations are, how innovative, refined and special, I want to predict that they will also play a prominent role in the future.

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New Lecturer at South Thames School of Guitar Making

New Lecturer at South Thames School of Guitar Making

I was highly honoured to be asked to take on the job of visiting guitar making lecturer at the South Thames School of Guitar Making. As of Friday, 5th of November, 2010, I shall be taking on a new role, one day a week, as visiting lecturer at South Thames College. The college has a fantastic, brand new campus; and they are full steam ahead towards building a great reputation as a prestigious guitar making school, here in London, UK. I am honoured, and very happy, to be a part of that. This will however mean that I shall be changing the day I work at "Ivor Mairants", which is yet to be confirmed. But, as it looks for the moment, that is likely to be every Thursday. I look forward to getting to know all of the students, and passing on my knowledge. Link to the college below.

Written: Wednesday April 27th, 12:53am 2011