Hi out there.....
There are a lot of cool sites for aficionados of flamenco guitar, and several on-line stores for purchase of flamenco or classical guitars and accessories. I have checked out all of them and dealt with a number. I find that aficionados of flamenco music are nice, helpful people who share a love for a special art form and cultural heritage.
I had been playing a Ramirez student guitar that I acquired several years ago from a Spanish source. I was quite happy with this guitar but decided it was the time to upgrade to an instrument of concert quality. I started checking out instruments for sale on the Web and began a dialogue with Zavaleta's Casa de Guitarras. I aimed to purchase a concert model made to order from one of the finest makers living today.
From the start to the finish of this dealing (the instrument is now in my hands), Zavaleta's provided highly professional and reliable service. The company located the luthier in Spain, negotiated the price, compared the quality of the instrument with used instruments of the same maker in Spain, arranged an agent (another luthier) to check the guitar's quality, to order it, and to ship it safely to Japan, where it arrived in perfect condition and (for those of you are Japanese), entered Japan duty-free. At every step in the transaction, Zavaleta's responded to my email promptly and courteously.
The 'bottom line' is that I got the guitar of my choice at a 'wholesale' price, less than half the price of guitars made by the same luthier and now for sale on the Web. I have written about my experience because I think that outstanding service in any endeavor deserves praise. Therefore, if you also plan to buy a Spanish guitar, be sure check out Zavaleta's. And Happy Flamenco-ing!
Regards, Devalier, Devalier@kkinterface.co.jp
The guitar here in one piece. It's a lovely instrument, and I'm very pleased with it. I'd be happy to provide a reference for prospective buyers.
Iain Mackill, firstname.lastname@example.org
I received my guitar that I ordered on Monday. All I can say is that its awesome, it is everything you said it was. Thank you very much !
Robert Hollinger, Smuzhead@aol.com
Dear Dr. Greenberg,
Received my instrument last week and was truly impressed with the workmanship, tone quality, projection and playability. The instrument was better than was described and I am quite pleased. The packing that goes into shipping the instrument was also very impressive. I will never shop elsewhere for another classical instrument. You are truly a man of your word.
Gary W. White, email@example.com
I received the Carrillo flamenco last Friday. It is stunningly beautiful and possesses an excellent flamenco tone, as you described. The intonation is as good as I have found on any guitar. It is my ideal flamenco guitar, and I know I will never part with it!
Thank you so much for helping me find my guitar. I am eternally grateful!
Randy Pipes, Randy.Pipes@marconi-is.com
The guitar ( Lopez) arrived yesterday and it is in perfect shape. The workmanship is outstanding and sound quality only parallels this. It has a smaller body than I was expecting. I am writing to thank you for what you have done in what was a difficult situation and can't adequately commend your professionalism in the face of Rozas stopping making guitars and thus me without the instrument which was to arrive in June. Your substitution is a work of brilliance. It is a pity that you impeccable qualities are not paralleled universally in the industry and can only point out again that which has already been stated, "You provide exceptional instruments with unquestionable integrity at prices unparalleled in the industry". Feel free to use my email address if anyone wants a reference about you.
Thank you very much,
Richard Gilroy, firstname.lastname@example.org
To any prospective buyers,
I came to Zavaleta’s looking to purchase a guitar that was an upgrade from my student model, but I had never played or even heard in person any of the guitars from the makers that Dr. Greenberg represents.
I described the sound and quality that I was looking for in a flamenco blanca and listed guitars from his inventory that I was interested in and even guitars that were available from other sellers. He suggested a model that would be a perfect fit for my desired sound even though it was less expensive than some of the models I had in my price range. He also gave me a review on the guitars I listed that were not in his inventory.
The guitar arrived yesterday and it is a beauty and is even more than I could have asked for. During the process of waiting for the guitar to be built and shipped, Dr. Greenberg was patient and responsive to all of my incessant questions and accommodated my travel schedule by shipping the guitar to me so that it arrived the day I returned home.
There are many sellers out there and many ways to purchase a guitar. Though I was at first hesitant about buying a guitar online, I simply cannot imagine going anywhere else for my next one and would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Greenberg and Zavaleta’s to anyone interested. You will not be disappointed.
Thank you again, James.