We just received this No.197 which features Balsa and Nomex. The balsa brings maybe a more natural sound but still lots of musicality, creamy trebles, and deep bass and the Nomex with its lightness brings some punch. As the whole, this guitar seems to us a little bit louder, although Martin’s double tops were already among the loudest DT you could find. Martin has more than 7 years waiting list.
Simply one of the best double-tops!
We are proud to introduce in Europe this young master of double-tops. Among the young and talented classical guitar makers from Canada, Martin Blackwell is offering classical guitars with a consistent standard of excellence, found in their depth of tone, balance, and playability. His double-tops are very responsive and powerful opening up a great dynamic range with excellent sustain and wonderful evenness and separation.
Martin Blackwell do not produce double-tops but wonderful classical guitars which happen to be double-tops. When we first contact Martin, here is what he said on this classical guitar making: “my philosophy is to use the double-top technology to basically make a really great traditional sounding guitar. A classical guitar with a more powerful sound, more resonance, more presence. A more complete classical guitar which is a full concert guitar but which also has the subtlety to sound great in the living room as well. I don’t want to get away from the beauty of the traditional tonality. Because of this I know there are other double-tops and lattice classical guitars which are louder than what I am building. The best response which I get consistently from good players is that the guitar just sounds like a really good classical guitar and not necessarily a double top.”
Here is what guitarists said on his double-tops :
– “Full and sweet singing tone , extremely full basses and great balance” D. Bolshoy
– “Responsive and esay to play with a magical combination of the power of a modern guitar with the palette and nuance of a traditional guitar” M.Partington
– “The sound is natural, pure and musical, the sustain incredible full of harmonics” P.Marion
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