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ddias

 

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Looking for a Flamenca Negra 

Season's Greetings Aficionados...

It's been a funny year, but overall I've got plenty to be grateful for. The upshot of the pandemic is I'm spending a lot of time at home in Germany, and very little travelling for work. The continued lockdown means no family holidays - my wife and children are distraught at the thought of no ski season, me less so as I'm terrible skier and haven't skied for years. On the plus side, it seems hard to spend money at the moment. Hence why I feel little guilt at the prospect of a new guitar to help keep me entertained...

I'm looking for Flamenca Negra - ideally something pre-owned, as I have less patience for a brand new guitar that needs playing in and would like something that plays and feels good from the start. I have smallish hands, so 650mm scale length would suit best. Sound/style wise, open-minded but the idea of a good Conde does appeal - to contrast with the Grenada sound of my blanca.

I really like Luciano Ghosn's sound on his recent Youtube videos, I believe it's a Lester De Voe:
(Although I accept that much of his sound may be in his fingers/technique!)

Any suggestions or leads would be much appreciated. Thanks!

D.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 25 2020 13:45:38
 
AndresK

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RE: Looking for a Flamenca Negra (in reply to ddias

Hello! Luciano also had Reyes, Alvarez Bernal, Lazarides and other guitars. He always sounds amazing with any guitar he plays as most pros. If you want an already played and matured guitar try mundo-flamenco.com . The guy is in Germany and he also ships worldwide. He has some top guitars available like Barba and others. He also brings De Voe but they sell very quickly. There are also other shops like this as Solera Flamenca and La Sonanta and you can always send the guitar back if you do not like it. It is the safest way to buy a used guitar as they all offer full guarantee for their guitars.

Since you are in Germany why not try Johannes Inhoffen at mundo flamenco? You can contact directly him and ask for your preference and also book a used guitar he brings in the shop in the near future.

Hope this helps.

Cheers.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 26 2020 20:52:57
 
Echi

 

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RE: Looking for a Flamenca Negra (in reply to ddias

Flamenco negras are strange beasts:
If they are too bassy or sweet sounding they end up recalling a classical guitar. A good negra is never boomy.
I honestly think Conde is still the standard for negras: they have strong and compressed mids/trebles.
Ricardo Sanchis makes also extremely good negras imho. They are usually more bass oriented than Conde with edgy treebles.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 26 2020 21:29:58
 
ddias

 

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RE: Looking for a Flamenca Negra (in reply to AndresK

quote:

ORIGINAL: AndresK

Hello! Luciano also had Reyes, Alvarez Bernal, Lazarides and other guitars. He always sounds amazing with any guitar he plays as most pros. If you want an already played and matured guitar try mundo-flamenco.com . The guy is in Germany and he also ships worldwide. He has some top guitars available like Barba and others. He also brings De Voe but they sell very quickly. There are also other shops like this as Solera Flamenca and La Sonanta and you can always send the guitar back if you do not like it. It is the safest way to buy a used guitar as they all offer full guarantee for their guitars.

Since you are in Germany why not try Johannes Inhoffen at mundo flamenco? You can contact directly him and ask for your preference and also book a used guitar he brings in the shop in the near future.

Hope this helps.

Cheers.


Thanks Andres.

I spent an enjoyable few hours with Johannes at Mundo Flamenco last year, and had an relaxing weekend in Freiburg. It was very inspiring to see and play his collection of guitars, hear him play, and generally hang out with another guitarist. I had 3000 euros cash in my rucksack and I fully intended to come home with a new guitar, and had my eyes on a Sanchis.

In the end I came home empty handed and slightly disappointed - mainly because all the guitars I liked were 4000 euros or more! I may well visit Johannes again when it's safe to travel again...
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 26 2020 22:10:16
 
ddias

 

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RE: Looking for a Flamenca Negra (in reply to Echi

quote:

ORIGINAL: Echi

Flamenco negras are strange beasts:
If they are too bassy or sweet sounding they end up recalling a classical guitar. A good negra is never boomy.
I honestly think Conde is still the standard for negras: they have strong and compressed mids/trebles.
Ricardo Sanchis makes also extremely good negras imho. They are usually more bass oriented than Conde with edgy treebles.


Thanks Echi - any tips on which Conde models to consider?


I played (and really liked) this guitar when I played it last year:
https://www.mundo-flamenco.com/nc/en/guitars/gitarren-details.html?tx_kwmundoguitars_pi3%5BshowUid%5D=685&cHash=348f55a93baf1adc85a3a7541da0ffa6
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 26 2020 22:14:57
 
Echi

 

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RE: Looking for a Flamenca Negra (in reply to ddias

I for one like the Conde Hermanos (whatever the shop) made till the end of the eighties.
The best Conde after the Faustino age are those of the Calle Felipe V even though you can find good ones also from the shops of Calle Gravina or Calle Atocha.
Ricardo Sanchis' best years are those from 90 on. Among them, the guitars from 95-2005 are those more Conde-like. The 2 sons of Ricardo have been running the shops since 2005 even though Ricardo still works here and there.
I have to say that some classical guitars made by Ricardo are perfectly suitable also as flamenco negra guitars.
I currently own a ‘64 Conde negra and a ‘90 Sanchis made with a lovely Rio. I like them both.
EDIT:
No need to say that a good luthier can build you a perfectly fine guitar: I'd like to spot Jesus de Jimenez, Javier Castano and Andre Marvi as their negra guitars are among the best I ever tried.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 27 2020 15:30:10
 
Ricardo

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RE: Looking for a Flamenca Negra (in reply to ddias

I played a couple of Robert Ruck negras that were fabulous for flamenco. Just as good as Conde. One of my personal favorite guitars in my collection is Jeronimo Peña Fernandez...well it didn’t sound very flamenco until I put the La Bella 820’s on, but since then I love it. 1971, yet somehow has a youthful spirit. Here I am playing some Bach but it has that flamenco edge to the tone:



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 27 2020 23:33:09
 
Goldwinghai

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RE: Looking for a Flamenca Negra (in reply to Ricardo

I really enjoy your playing Bach’s Chaconne.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 28 2020 1:59:50
 
eccullen

 

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RE: Looking for a Flamenca Negra (in reply to Ricardo

Love this version!
Love this is what it’s like in your kitchen!

I sadly let go a chance to buy a similar guitar locally.
I think Hariq Fareed got it...
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 28 2020 2:37:46
 
JasonM

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RE: Looking for a Flamenca Negra (in reply to ddias

quote:

I really like Luciano Ghosn's sound on his recent Youtube videos, I believe it's a Lester


I like it too.. But, that Neumann km184 microphone has a slightly boosted treble response “for added brilliance”.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 28 2020 5:50:20
 
estebanana

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RE: Looking for a Flamenca Negra (in reply to ddias

Haha haha hahahahaha

Folly to search for a negra. When you get old you’ll regret it and want a blanca to pass your days on your porch and the negra will just be another prize of youth and ego.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 28 2020 16:48:31
 
ddias

 

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RE: Looking for a Flamenca Negra (in reply to Echi

quote:

ORIGINAL: Echi

EDIT:
No need to say that a good luthier can build you a perfectly fine guitar: I'd like to spot Jesus de Jimenez, Javier Castano and Andre Marvi as their negra guitars are among the best I ever tried.


Thanks Echi

Jesus de Jimenez here:
https://www.guitarrasdeluthier.com/en/product/guitar-jesus-de-jimenez-flamenco-negra/1841

Tempted to drive over to Karlsruhe to check out this Marin (even though it's beyond what I'm hoping to pay)
https://www.siccasguitars.com/shop/guitar/antonio-marin-montero-2020-flamenca-negra/
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 28 2020 16:54:28
 
ddias

 

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RE: Looking for a Flamenca Negra (in reply to estebanana

quote:

ORIGINAL: estebanana

Haha haha hahahahaha

Folly to search for a negra. When you get old you’ll regret it and want a blanca to pass your days on your porch and the negra will just be another prize of youth and ego.


Maybe so! But surely best of both world's is a good thing... I read on here some time back that it's acceptable to have multiple guitars... but not multiple wives... and if you don't like a guitar you can always change it....
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 28 2020 16:57:49
 
ddias

 

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RE: Looking for a Flamenca Negra (in reply to Ricardo

quote:

ORIGINAL: Ricardo

I played a couple of Robert Ruck negras that were fabulous for flamenco. Just as good as Conde. One of my personal favorite guitars in my collection is Jeronimo Peña Fernandez...well it didn’t sound very flamenco until I put the La Bella 820’s on, but since then I love it. 1971, yet somehow has a youthful spirit. Here I am playing some Bach but it has that flamenco edge to the tone:




Amazing playing! And also amazing how calm you remain with family in the background. I have to hide out in our basement to concentrate...
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 28 2020 17:01:25
 
JasonM

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RE: Looking for a Flamenca Negra (in reply to estebanana

quote:

Folly to search for a negra. When you get old you’ll regret it and want a blanca to pass your days on your porch and the negra will just be another prize of youth and ego


Actually, owning a negra is important as it’s serves as a reminder of why you like your Blanca
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 28 2020 17:26:57
 
kitarist

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RE: Looking for a Flamenca Negra (in reply to JasonM

quote:

ORIGINAL: JasonM

quote:

Folly to search for a negra. When you get old you’ll regret it and want a blanca to pass your days on your porch and the negra will just be another prize of youth and ego


Actually, owning a negra is important as it’s serves as a reminder of why you like your Blanca


Brilliant!

I skipped the owning of negra and went straight to blanca, but maybe that's because I started with classical and already have a Brazilian rosewood Anselmo Solar Gonzalez for that type of sound

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estebanana

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RE: Looking for a Flamenca Negra (in reply to JasonM

quote:

, owning a negra is important as it’s serves as a reminder of why you like your Blanca



I see Yoda trained you well young Jedi master.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 29 2020 0:48:33
 
JasonM

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RE: Looking for a Flamenca Negra (in reply to estebanana


His name is Grogu
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 29 2020 16:25:18
 
Ricardo

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RE: Looking for a Flamenca Negra (in reply to JasonM

quote:

ORIGINAL: JasonM


His name is Grogu


Luke was the worst Jedi teacher of all time.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 29 2020 16:44:35
 
estebanana

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RE: Looking for a Flamenca Negra (in reply to Ricardo

quote:

Luke was the worst Jedi teacher of all time.


Yeah that’s because he kept insisting on using negra light sabers instead of blancas

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