Panormo Guitar popularity spreads in Manchester!
When I got my Panormo guitar I was convinced that I was unique, and possibly a bit odd, because the trend these days is for classical guitars to be large bodied and robust in sound, unlike a Panormo which is in comparison pretty small, but having said that, it is still capable of packing a punch in quite a refined way, despite its size.
As you can imagine I was captivated by the elegance and wonderful tone of these beautiful antique instruments, as well as being fascinated with the history and imagining who might have played them before. It was reassuring that my friend Chris Susans was also equally as enthusiastic, but I was secretly convinced that it was probably just us two that were Panormo guitar geeks.
That was until…….
I have an adult pupil who, on hearing my 19th century guitar, instantly sold his soul and had his heart set on owning one…….. Recently he was lucky enough to acquire a late George Panormo guitar, but it needed a lot of TLC to bring it up to playing condition. He took it to Gary Southwell, who had previously worked on my Louis Panormo and did a fantastic restoration job, and he has now also transformed my pupil’s Panormo into a really beautiful instrument. I was thrilled to see the rejuvenated “George” for the first time this week and I hate to admit it, but I was a bit jealous!
It now looks superb and has a huge and refined sound, despite not having been played for a very long time. I really can’t wait to hear how it develops. Perhaps I’ve started a new trend lol…