Why Troubadour is different

Posted by on Jul 06 2008 | Instruments, Uncategorized

All of our current stocks use types of rosewood, or related woods, for their fingerboards (do not confuse this with the black stained acacia used, for example, in the Blue Moon/Ozark/Montana travel guitar which superficially resembles our Blondel).

Our fingerboard wood is described as sonokeling or rosewood, and does vary. The sonokeling is darker, midway between Indian rosewood and ebony in appearance. Both woods appear to be similar in having a tight closed grain. Both are preferable to the stained acacia which leaves your fingers black and gradually wears off. They are smoother, look better and play better than cheaper variants of instruments from the same source.

Our Blondels have a superior type of bridge (classical style) which, again, is solid rosewood-family hardwood and different from other variants of the the instrument which use a black painted maple bridge. We also use a laminated three-piece neck which is unique to Troubadour, and a modified headstock design.

The mandolas and bouzouki have a new type of twin-foot carved bridge, and a two-piece chased metal tailpiece which permits slightly shorter loop end strings to be used.

Although HORA is a luthiery factory, half the machines are people – mechanical output is not something we have ever expected from them. Each delivery includes ‘improvements’ made by the staff, whether it’s a change in the styling of a bridge to the colour of fingerboard dots (or the absence of them).

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We do have a few classical guitars in stock as well as a number of special items – two or three bowed psalteries, a portable hammered dulcimer, an electric-acoustic solid maple/spruce 860mm scale bass, a couple of baritone ukuleles, a small mandolin, a seven-string Russian Guitar, and a one-off unique music trade fair prototype electric cello with gig bag and bow. Call me on 01573 226032 or use the email below if you are interested in any of these, I’m reluctant to eBay them or create sale pages here for single items.

The cost of investing in new stock for the high-end solid wood classicals means the few we have remaining will be the last. And one of them is definitely not for sale, I’ve been playing it for a year or two now and it just keeps getting better! These guitars are built more lightly and responsively than any Spanish ‘artisan’ level guitar – not that you can buy a solid rosewood/cedar or mahogany/spruce Spanish made instrument in our price bracket anyway.

Email [email protected] if you are interested. We are not a music shop so no-one is going to see these instruments in a hurry and my original intention to attend festivals and take them along has never materialised, too busy sadly.

– David

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