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Something Old, Something New...

posted 29 Jul 2018, 15:20 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 7 Oct 2018, 18:17 ]
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 alliteration). 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.

They're Here!

And the Goméz really does look like it did have a golpeador once, but with the blackness on the top half of the sound hole, (and I'm not quite sure what it is? It's not scorching which I first thought from the photos - and I'm glad of that - it seams a bit rough and crackled for paint unless it's something like Hammerite?) Whatever it is, it's to thick to see if the rosette continues round the sound hole underneath it, however from what I can see, I can see its a different rosette and the José Alvaréz has a 12th fret whereas this hasn't; and never has had one so I fairly sure now they are not from the same maker, well at least not the same model just with different branding. I have replaced the pegs with proper friction tuners too, and I think it loos much better for them.

The Tanglewood is not to bad. It's not of sufficient quality to set the world on fire but then it never was going to be at the price it was selling at, but it's certainly not the badly made dog described in some of the reviews I have seen. It is a nice little mini, tricky to play with all of the other faults Minis have but I'm happy it come to Ukulele Corner