Here is a sample of the many kind notes I've received.
I feel I am connecting more with your guitar.
I take very good care of it and play it with great frequency. Admittedly,
I am grateful to have such a fine instrument as I am reminded how
much I truly love it every time I play it.
have recently added a '57 Velazquez to my collection of a '61 Velazquez,
and of course the 2000 Desmond—all are exceptional examples
of the classical guitar. The Desmond has the same sweet fullness
of sound that the older guitars have, which is a rare quality in
a modern instrument, yet there is a subtle brightness that I enjoy.
I am also particularly fond of the ease of expression
that the Desmond allows. I believe this to be one of it's great
attributes. For example, vibrato, subtle or otherwise, projects
with great clarity and sustain. Not to mention, this instrument
could be on display as a work of art. This is my humble attempt
words with the emotions I have for your guitar.
I hope you can find meaning in them as well as
much deserved gratification.
So far, everyone who has seen the guitar LOVES
it! Customers are very impressed by it's beauty of workmanship as
well as it's tone and playability. It will be listed soon on my
site. Good work!
I could not wait to get home this afternoon to
play the guitar. I was able to play for about 30 minutes before
I had to break away and prepare supper. The guitar is FANTASTIC!
I will probably be up much too late tonight getting to know my new
Thanks a bunch!
What a guitar! Virginia was here teaching & she played it briefly
& was VERY impressed. It's very open for so new an instrument.
Of course, it's also gorgeous.
Friday afternoon I received your package with
the photos of my new guitar. Only now can I react because I was
away when they arrived. It is absolutely stunning what I see! Very
detailistic work. Needless to say, I can't wait to have mine in
my hands. Good job, maestro!!!
a nice week!
Jeannouel van Leeuwen
I just spent some time checking out your website.
It is superb, like your instruments. You can really see the quality
in the guitars. I will spread the word. You are a true artist and
I am proud to know you.
I was perusing your website this morning and
felt compelled to tell you what an inspiration you are to an aspiring
luthier. Your work is stunning! Thank you.
just saw your business card in the case of my new "Desmond
Guitar" and had to take the opportunity to write. I bought
it from Mike Kirkpatrick's guitar studio in Baltimore and I am utterly
thrilled with it.
I've been taking lessons for just a year. I had
bought a guitar that has been serviceable, but I realized that I
wanted to get something special. My teacher told me about Mike and
my husband and I went up to see him. (We live about an hour south
in Manassas Park, Virginia.) He was very patient to demonstrate
guitar after guitar, but there was soon no question about the right
It's beautiful, and not just physically, of course.
I told a friend that playing my other guitar was a fun way to make
music happen. But with this one, it's as though the music is there
waiting to be released.
I don't mean to gush, but I am very happy and wanted you to know
that your creation is in good hands.
With best wishes,
Everything is going okay here. Lately, there
was a professional guitarist, Luis Quintero, in Curacao, giving
me a master class. He tried out all of the guitars in my collection.
Without knowing, he picked my 1991 Fleta, my 2002 Bernabe "Imperial",
and yours, my 2002 Desmond, as the all around best concert guitars!
I will be in Orlando with my family July 7th
through the 16th. Can you accept a short visit from me in that time?
Jeannouel van Leeuwen
This guitar is incredible! I am not just saying
that. I showed this guitar to a friend, Julie Goldberg, and she
loved it and wanted your business card. I also told her to look
at your website. This guitar is one of the best sounding I have
ever played. Also, you know I love the look as well. I mailed you
the check yesterday.
Thank you for a great guitar!