Aram Torres Guitar

Aram Torres Guitar

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This guitar is absolutely stunning in appearance with wonderful contrasts between almost black back and sides, honey coloured sycamore insert and a gorgeous spruce top, all tied together in the colours of the rosette and quality of finish that is second to none.

I was immediately captivated by the quality of her voice, a very distinctive and natural tone that has a strong traditional feel but with what I would describe as an ‘inner strength’ that gives her player something special to work with – difficult to put into words but hopefully you will see what I mean by the end of this review!

Her voice is beautifully smooth and fluid with full and silky trebles that sing true and clear, supported by an intense and focussed bass. Every note has depth and substance, a concentrated sound that is, together, firm and strong, honeyed, rounded and shapely.

Over the period of a few days I have heard her voice blossoming and opening out to the point where I have been slightly taken aback with the amount of sound and projection that I was able to push for with always a feeling of greater potential. Her voice is very even and balanced across the strings but I think the most important thing here is the pure depth of tone that gives support and great consistency across the whole range of pitch.

I really loved playing Abendlied by Mertz where I could separate and define the parts easily while still achieving lovely blending and shaping of harmony. I do enjoy the challenge of this piece, namely the sextuplet accompaniment in the middle voice of the guitar. The very quick, pure and direct response of this guitar meant that my right hand (not the quickest) could easily get the speed and articulation required to make this work and I was able to listen to and enjoy the contrast of the singing upper melody and the detailed accompaniment, highlighting the character and texture in the music.

In Standchen by Mertz she excelled with the clarity and delicacy in the piece with beautiful high melodies, blended thirds and sixths, a free sense to the rhythms of quavers against triplets and magnificent drive and sustain through the bass line both in melody and harmonic support. One more very noticeable feature, particularly in these pieces by Mertz was the ease of rolling and strumming chords. This may sound like a strange point to make but it makes the shaping of the chords, and also fitting them in to the flow of the music, so much more successful!

I realise that I need some contrast to Mertz in my reviews (!) and I really enjoyed experimenting with Lauro waltzes and bringing out a vibrancy in her treble voice that gave light and brilliance to the music while retaining body and warmth overall.

I have recently started to learn the Folias Variations by Ponce, a bit of a lifetime ambition. With this guitar I loved experimenting with the drama and colouring in the music, achieving lovely dark and rich tone colours and getting so much projection and intensity that you just want to keep playing and playing.

Finally the Tarantella (yes, back to Mertz) where clarity of articulation, substance and direction in the bass and fingertip control of tone quality and dynamics all came together to give me a fantastic rhythmic drive and compelling musical flow.

This guitar has a beautiful, pure, natural tone, in essence a ‘simple’ sound that is immediately responsive and gorgeous but can also be taken where you want to go, giving you consistently great sound and room for experimentation and exploration.

Selina. 

 

 

This guitar is absolutely stunning in appearance with wonderful contrasts between almost black back and sides, honey coloured sycamore insert and a gorgeous spruce top, all tied together in the colours of the rosette and quality of finish that is second to none.

I was immediately captivated by the quality of her voice, a very distinctive and natural tone that has a strong traditional feel but with what I would describe as an ‘inner strength’ that gives her player something special to work with – difficult to put into words but hopefully you will see what I mean by the end of this review!

Her voice is beautifully smooth and fluid with full and silky trebles that sing true and clear, supported by an intense and focussed bass. Every note has depth and substance, a concentrated sound that is, together, firm and strong, honeyed, rounded and shapely.

Over the period of a few days I have heard her voice blossoming and opening out to the point where I have been slightly taken aback with the amount of sound and projection that I was able to push for with always a feeling of greater potential. Her voice is very even and balanced across the strings but I think the most important thing here is the pure depth of tone that gives support and great consistency across the whole range of pitch.

I really loved playing Abendlied by Mertz where I could separate and define the parts easily while still achieving lovely blending and shaping of harmony. I do enjoy the challenge of this piece, namely the sextuplet accompaniment in the middle voice of the guitar. The very quick, pure and direct response of this guitar meant that my right hand (not the quickest) could easily get the speed and articulation required to make this work and I was able to listen to and enjoy the contrast of the singing upper melody and the detailed accompaniment, highlighting the character and texture in the music.

In Standchen by Mertz she excelled with the clarity and delicacy in the piece with beautiful high melodies, blended thirds and sixths, a free sense to the rhythms of quavers against triplets and magnificent drive and sustain through the bass line both in melody and harmonic support. One more very noticeable feature, particularly in these pieces by Mertz was the ease of rolling and strumming chords. This may sound like a strange point to make but it makes the shaping of the chords, and also fitting them in to the flow of the music, so much more successful!

I realise that I need some contrast to Mertz in my reviews (!) and I really enjoyed experimenting with Lauro waltzes and bringing out a vibrancy in her treble voice that gave light and brilliance to the music while retaining body and warmth overall.

I have recently started to learn the Folias Variations by Ponce, a bit of a lifetime ambition. With this guitar I loved experimenting with the drama and colouring in the music, achieving lovely dark and rich tone colours and getting so much projection and intensity that you just want to keep playing and playing.

Finally the Tarantella (yes, back to Mertz) where clarity of articulation, substance and direction in the bass and fingertip control of tone quality and dynamics all came together to give me a fantastic rhythmic drive and compelling musical flow.

This guitar has a beautiful, pure, natural tone, in essence a ‘simple’ sound that is immediately responsive and gorgeous but can also be taken where you want to go, giving you consistently great sound and room for experimentation and exploration.

Selina. 

 

Specification

Table

European Spruce

Rosette

Finely crafted - Walnut, Pear, Mahogany and Maple.

Back and Sides.

African Blackwood and Sycamore.

Head facing.

African Blackwood and Sycamore.

Bridge.

Striped New Guinea Ebony.

Body bindings.

English Yew.

Machine Heads.

Rodgers

Finish.

Hand applied oil delivering visual depth to the wood.

Case

Hiscox Pro II

Dimensions

Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

52mm

Upper Bout

280mm

Lower Bout

354mm

Body Depth

90mm