During my recent stay in the United States, I had the rare chance to play a Martin guitar from 1921, which is in very good shape. I almost never touch anything that has other than gut or nylon strings, but this time, I thoroughly enjoyed playing this beautiful instrument. I think this is as close as it gets to a classical guitar. Even gave a short concert to a man who, by coincidence, was also born in 1921: a former tenor at the Metropolitan Opera and vocal teacher, Mr. Ray Smolover.
After taking some pictures, I thought I would record a little piece to remember that occasion. Didn’t have a better idea than to play this Tarrega prelude which at least demonstrates a wide range of positions etc. The basses are a bit dull, but let’s admit – the strings were pretty old.