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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Special Royal Honour For David Antony Reid As He is Presented An Award By HRH The Princess Royal

Special Royal Honour For David Antony Reid As He is Presented An Award By HRH The Princess Royal

David Antony Reid with The Princess Royal

I was absolutely stunned to learn that I had been awarded "Alumnus Of The Year 2012" by The University Of The Highland And Island Perth College; but I was absolutely gobsmacked to find out that my award would be presented to me by no less than HRH The Princess Royal.

My ceremony was overwhelming, and The Princess was absolutely lovely. She showed great interest and intrigue, asking many questions about me and the Combolin I brought to the ceremony, which was then handed over to Robbie Leask, - by whom I was commissioned - later that evening. To view this Combolin, please open its postings in my projects page.

I would like very much to show my great and heart-felt appreciation, and give many thanks to, all present at the ceremony; but most of all I would like to give a very special thank you to, HRH The Princess Royal, Molly Millar, my special needs lecturer, Fiona Leslie, Development trust manager, Finla Chalmers, Alumni Relations Officer and Dr Thomas Moore, Perth College UHI Principal and Chief Executive.

To view this award and read the story of my life's journey, please visit my "Awards" page and look for THE UNIVERSITY OF THE HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS, PERTH COLLEGES' ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR.

To view HRH The Princess Royal's visit to Perth College UHI, click "More Information".

Written: Tuesday February 26th, 12:19pm 2013