"When I received "Arena", my first Aram guitar from Stafford Classical Centre, I was so impressed with the sound and workmanship that I immediately asked Adrian to order me another of Kevin's guitars. I had previously been told of the wonderful sound produced by the Romanillos/Hauser design, so I asked Adrian to ask Kevin if he would be able to make this next guitar using that design, and Kevin agreed. I had already decided that I would stick with the Brazilian Rosewood that Kevin used for the back and sides of "Arena". Adrian kindly sent me some pictures of the different decorative woods that Kevin uses on his guitars. I decided to go for Yew as the decorative wood, with a thin panel on the back of the guitar, and a decorative Yew panel on the headstock. I chose the Rodgers L201 tuners with Black Ebony wood buttons.

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She has settled down now and the strings have stopped stretching. What an incredible sound! Such tone! Great and very solid bass response, wonderfully clear and sweet trebles. Wonderfully easy to play, even at the standard string height with the standard bridge. Thanks for sending the spare bridge. I don't think I'll need it though. You can really see the attention to detail in the build, although I still feel that the Aram guitar can't be bettered for workmanship. Thanks once again for all your help and advice with this guitar, and also to Selina for her input.

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Adrian,

Just a note to say thanks very much for the time you spent in helping me choose a new guitar the other week. Although my purchase was fairly modest (Contreras C7 in the end, after much indecision on my part !) I never felt rushed or pressured, which is the ideal situation when making a decision which you're going to be living with for a number of years in all probability. I was delighted with the guitar when I played her at home for the first time, and I'm sure the instrument's qualities will outstrip my ability for a good while yet. I wouldn't hesitate to use your excellent service next time, even though it entails a 600-mile round trip from Scotland !

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Hi Adrian,

My baby arrived this morning safely. You can tell your customers that you have made another delivery without trouble. And what a delivery ! The guitar went from GB to Louisville USA, then Anchorage ALASKA and finally Hong Kong then Macau. From GB to the other side of the World without a single scratch on the case.

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Dear Adrian,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from me in Bahrain.

I promised I would let you know how I feel about the Cashimira 4a after I had played it for a while. She has now been with me since 20th November and has settled nicely.

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Hello Adrian,

Well I have nearly owned it for 24 hrs and I can say that we are quickly bonding. After a nervous start in your studio and the guitar feeling a little alien - it has quickly become a part of me! Fantastic tone and balance. Perfectly in tune all the way up the neck. Beautiful clarity and quite sonorous. I look forward to growing with this guitar.

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Adrian,

6 months or so ago I bought a Contreras F2 flamenco guitar from you (I was so excited that I left my house keys with you!) and promised to email you with my opinions. I think that I said that I would email you soon! Well, the delayed response is your fault for selling me such a beautiful guitar, I simply can't put it down. The Contreras F2 is great. It has all the qualities you could want for Flamenco. It is bright and punchy with a slightly metallic edge if played towards the bridge but still has a sweet tone (which is improving with age) when required. It has excellent clarity and precision, essential for the rhythm player (even a relative novice like me). The action is pretty good as it is (especially with a capo) but I am still having trouble holding back from lowering it slightly until your recommended 18 month waiting period is over.

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Adrian,

Just to say thank you for the excellent advice and service regarding my recent purchase. The TL40 arrived exactly when promised and she definitely exceeds all expectations - she's absolutely beautiful, aesthetically, musically and functionally. Oh yes, and the Hiscox case is equally impressive - she now has a better bed to lie in than me!

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Dear Adrian:

I had decided to buy a handbuilt classical guitar in September. I live in Denmark, which is apparently far away from any shops that stock top models. It seemed a very great risk to buy a guitar over the Internet without even having seen it. To play safe I first decided to go for the JK90, the top model in the Admira line, since I already was playing one of their student models and knew and liked its playability. Adrian's site seemed a very good place to start inquiries, not too far from Denmark, a very clear and professional site.

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Hello Adrian,

I recieved my guitar a couple of days ago and my first impressions of the Cashimira 105 are that it is a great instrument, as your website says "A family producing amazing instruments". Both the playability and the intonation are spot on, better than my 1967 Contreras, which in itself is a great guitar, and I am sure that this instrument will have more to offer as time goes on. I am delighted with this purchase and the service from the Stafford Classical Guitar Centre.

Yours in music,

Michael Pratt-Guyan(Mike)

Hello Adrian:

A month has passed since I received the guitar and I'm enjoying playing this unique and wonderful instrument. Now I can mention my impression. I'm amazed with especially two points. One is the sound of low strings. I think this guitar is a little bit smaller than a modern guitar but the low string sounds very loud and clear with long sustain. The other is playability.

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Hello Adrian and Selina

Wanted to thank you for the valuable advice you gave my parents when choosing a guitar for my birthday and the fast delivery (two days)!

The Contreras C7 is everything I wanted it to be, it sounds wonderful and Adrian tells me it will sound even better in a years time (I can't even begin to imagine how that would be possible). I wanted a guitar that not only sounded great, but looked great as well and the Contreras certainly does both of these. Adrian was right, the Contreras does have depth in the middle and lower harmonies.

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I went to Adrian's house to pick my cashimira 4a guitar, I played a few guitars and nothing matched the sound of that guitar. We had a great talk about guitars and music but most of all I came home, knowing I had purchased the right guitar from a honest and great guy. The guitar was a bargain cheers Adrian and Selina best wishes for the future.

Phil Herbert.

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