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Something Old, Something New...

posted 29 Jul 2018, 15:20 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 14 Aug 2018, 16:17 ]
Juan Gomez
tanglewood Mini
And I have no good rhymes to finish the poem off because nothing is borrowed and nothing is blue either.
So the old, this is a pre Civil War Spanish Soprano from Juan Goméz of Barcelona, (if he was ever a real person?) I'm very interested to compare this with my José Alvaréz, (who we know was not a real person, just a branding). I have long suspected that they were both made by the same factory in Barcelona because most of the examples I have seen look very much identical? I can see that there is a bit of a comparison issue here as it looks like this Goméz has had its golpeador removed, (hence the black above the sound hole), but in many ways this is good because my Alvaréz doesn't have a golpeador either, (I suspect it did have once but there is far less evidence that it was there, due the the emulsion paint when I got it hiding and then removing any trace as I had to strip it right back to the wood). The Goméz also comes with wooden pegs, which are no help in identification and I shall replace with proper tuners as soon as I can because I don't like wooden pegs.

And the new, this is one of Tanglewoods latest range of Tribal Spirit Ukuleles and is mini scale, so its the "Tiny Tanglewood Tribal Spirit" (no poetry but a little illeteration). Having pulled the trigger and "brought it now" I read some of the reviews for it and they were all pretty unflattering. Oh well it was very cheap, (I thought), and I do love a Mini so I will wait and see before passing judgment.