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Xavi

 

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Richard Brune Playing 1985 Conde 

This past summer I brought my Conde to Richard Brune for an appraisal.

It was a great experience meeting Richard and seeing his shop for the first time. I asked him about his "No. 1" and he pulled a guitar made by his son - it sounded really great! It's definitely in the genes.

I asked Richard if I could record him playing my guitar. He kindly agreed.

The moment was crudely recorded with a Flip video camera - so my apologies to Richard for the quality - but I thought others might enjoy seeing the impromptu performance.



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Don Dionisio

 

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RE: Richard Brune Playing 1985 Conde (in reply to Xavi

Ole!! Nice playing and a nice flamenco sound. Congratulations.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 10 2013 19:25:08
 
RTC

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RE: Richard Brune Playing 1985 Conde (in reply to Xavi

Nice guitar!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 11 2013 2:07:53
 
Leñador

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RE: Richard Brune Playing 1985 Conde (in reply to Xavi

Nice! Not so orange.....Brune's rasgueados LOOK like Sabicas, nice old school rolling form.
Officially celoso senior!

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RE: Richard Brune Playing 1985 Conde (in reply to Xavi

Walnut back and sides? I played this too at Trilogy in del ray.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 11 2013 2:43:20
 
Xavi

 

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RE: Richard Brune Playing 1985 Conde (in reply to Xavi

Thanks for the comments; glad everyone enjoyed it.

Yes, Ricardo, walnut. You previously said some great things about this guitar, which put it on the radar for me when I was in the market last year.

It's yours to play whenever you're in Chicago!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 11 2013 4:24:50
 
Leñador

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RE: Richard Brune Playing 1985 Conde (in reply to Xavi

Walnut?? For reals??? Love the looks of walnut, evidently sounds great.......

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RE: Richard Brune Playing 1985 Conde (in reply to Xavi

quote:

It's yours to play whenever you're in Chicago!


I WILL hold you to that!

So then, what is the story here? Built by Mariano sr, at the then "new" shop Felipe V, signed by Felipe and Mariano too...was this guitar or series of guitars to get the son's names on the map? For some reason I didn't think the Felipe V shop was in business until later (1988/89 or so after the death of Faustino and Marino).

It was a surprisingly great guitar.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 11 2013 11:46:05
 
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RE: Richard Brune Playing 1985 Conde (in reply to Xavi

Very nice indeed.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 11 2013 11:54:53
 
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RE: Richard Brune Playing 1985 Conde (in reply to Ricardo

quote:

For some reason I didn't think the Felipe V shop was in business until later (1988/89 or so after the death of Faustino and Marino).



Come on boys you could have a good thing going when I’m gone if you get your act together – let’s make a guitar.

Who knows what kind of shape the old boys were in 1985 and whether they were still making guitars at this time. Faustino died in 1988 and Mariano Sr in 1989.

I think I detect the beginnings of the signature (with flying "J") of Faustino’s wife Julia Pastor Conde on the 1985 Gravina label shown below and I guess everyone was repositioning themselves for the inevitable.

Rob



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 11 2013 13:23:17
 
Xavi

 

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RE: Richard Brune Playing 1985 Conde (in reply to Xavi

Richard Brune's photos of the two labels in this guitar are included at the end of my video.

Earlier this year I attempted to collect some additional backstory about this guitar and wrote to David at Conde. I received instead a reply from Felipe that said:

"...David forwarded this email to me and I preferred to send you a personal response...It was one of the special models we have constructed using a special and select wood stock personally constructed between my father, my brother and myself. This guitar is signed by my father on the main label and additionally by myself, my bother and again my father on the smaller label below. This model is a fruit of a collaborative construction process that was always a tradition in our workshop.

I hope you enjoy this guitar! Please let me know if you need anything else.

Regards,

Felipe Conde Cavia"

I appreciated Felipe responding to my inquiry.

In the end, the guitar sounds great, and Brune confirmed that the interior work was "exceptionally clean and well executed."

I believe that this guitar was the result of this collaborative process between father and sons, at a critical time in the Conde history, just as the torch was being passed, to RobJe's point.

It makes for an interesting story.

  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 11 2013 16:16:50
 
tijeretamiel

 

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RE: Richard Brune Playing 1985 Conde (in reply to Xavi

That guitar sounds superb. Despite the not so great recording, the quality of the instrument really comes through. The Walnut back and sides has a great impact on the tone, it sounds somewhere in between the traditional rosewoods (Indian and Brazil) and a blanca.

A bit of a random question but is it American Black Walnut or European Walnut?

I've watched the video several times now!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 11 2013 18:47:48
 
Xavi

 

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RE: Richard Brune Playing 1985 Conde (in reply to Xavi

Thanks everyone for the comments.

Hi tijeretamiel, Richard said the Walnut was Figured Circassian Walnut. Beyond my expertise, but it seems to work on this guitar!

I've never heard (or even seen) another Walnut Conde, but I agree with your comment about its sound.
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Wayne Brown

 

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RE: Richard Brune Playing 1985 Conde (in reply to Xavi

You've got me thinking that I should do something with my stash of walnut (American black walnut)!
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