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Dowina Merlot BV Spruce / Macacauba Parlor Guitar

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Paul M.
My little box of joy

I just love this little guitar: it’s as simple as that. I already owned two beautiful Furchs- a Yellow and a Grand Nylon- both bought from Richard, but had been mulling over the merits of spending even more on something smaller. I was wondering about something that I that I could play outside in the garden, where I spend a lot of time, play near my dogs without worrying about a neck getting damaged as they hurl their bulk around, teach my granddaughters the basics on and, well, just having a sort of ‘grab and go’, smallish, utility instrument. I had almost talked myself into spending money that I couldn’t really afford to on another Furch (possibly Vintage 1 OOM) when I spotted an article Richard posted about this guitar. I was intrigued, by the wood as much as anything, and did a bit of quick research on Dowina Parlour guitars. I liked what I read and one of those rushes of blood to the head, to which I am prone, saw me order it that evening. When it arrived I was initially a little shocked by just how small it is...definitely satisfying that part of my wish list. But, what a sound! I simply can’t understand how such a small body can produce the volume and the sustain that it does. It is just lovely to play, perfectly set up in Richards workshop, and I think the open-pore Macacauba is a thing of understated beauty. I also love the Dowina style as it has a simplicity, almost an artisan charm, that I find endearing. The tone is richer than I expected, clear with a lovely and lingering bell-like intensity in the mid-range. It obviously doesn’t have the lower end ‘oomph‘ that a bigger guitar would but I didn’t expect it to. I am predominantly a (not very good) fingerstyle player and it is brilliant for that. I worry that it is so easy to grab, cart around, have close to hand that I might neglect my Czech beauties (I won’t of course). My wife jokes that it is my new shadow. So, what more can I say? It is simply a beautiful little box of fun and I love it to bits.

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