Guitar - General/Cervantes - Carlos Pina Flamenco
Nicholas Pierotti wrote at 2008-01-14 05:07:39
My Carlos Pina Signature model classical cost me $3100, and was worth every pennyl Definitely top-end, definitely concert-quality, definitely exquisite in tone and craftsmanship.
classical_guitar_guy wrote at 2011-12-17 18:48:13
I have a similar guitar (mine is classical no flamenco) made about the same time (2000) a cedar Carlos Pina Cervantes.
When I bought it, I purchased it after auditioning a lot of guitars side by side at high end, very well stocked classical guitar shop in California.
I had a limit as to what I was willing to spend -4k, but I was auditioning everything and deliberately not looking at the price tag so as not to be influenced by perceived value, only how that specific instrument actually sounded.
The interesting thing was, every time I thought instrument A was perceptibly better than instrument B, when I looked at the price tag to see if it was within my price range, A was priced higher than B.
The instrument shop I was in had only high end guitars, probably 200 or more, from all the makers both new and used starting at 800 and up and yes, it was like being in paradise.
After two weeks of going in there and playing everything I wanted, one of their employees walked in one day with a year 2000 Mexican cedar Carlos Pina guitar made for Cervantes that had not been put on the floor yet.
I auditioned it then asked him how much. $2600.00. Sold.
I think these guitars he was making for Cervantes at that time- there are 200 of them- are some of the best guitars in the sub- 4000 dollar price range ever made.
It's a fact of the classical guitar that some guitars cost more and are worth more in resale because of who made them. It's also a fact that some countries, of course Spain, can charge more for there guitars than others just because of their reputation. But if you're buying a guitar just to play, then all you should acre about is what it sounds like and how it plays.
If you have that attitude, then the Carlos Pina Cervantes series was and possibly still is perhaps the best value on the market for under $4000.00.
Sure, better guitars exist but only for a lot more money. You get a lot of guitar because Pina is only known to connoisseurs, and because Mexico is not thought of an instrument maker by the general public. Never mind all that and listen to your ears.
I love my guitar, it's fantastic. Musicians who hear it comment on it and when I take it around to test drive other guitars, it never fails to more than hold its own except against very very high end guitars. It has a warm, complex tone that is both clear and subtle. The projection is more than adequate for sub 1500 square feet - good for small concerts. For larger spaces it's probably not sufficient but then again I saw Kazuhito Yamashita in concert and from 120 feet away in a perfectly good concert hall, his unamplified guitar had all the subtlety and interest of a $200.00 Yamaha, DeLuxe Edition. Ditto the William Kannegeiser concert I attended. Without amplification, ours is just inherently a small venue instrument.
Lewis R wrote at 2015-07-19 19:12:30
I really like the comments of both Nicholas Pierotti, and Classical_guitar_guy, as they reflect my feeling also....
I have a Carlos Pina Cervantes model (#184 made in 2002) and it is everything the have described, and is my guitar of choice to play. It has a quality of tone, and the ability to project, that makes it a real pleasure to play (and to listen to based on comments from people who have heard me playing it)