Kolya Panhuyzen (1941)
Kolya Panhuyzen was born in Berlin in 1941. As a youngster he often fell asleep to the sound of Tarrega and Sor studies that his father played on the guitar. Kolya himself liked to sing and the guitar became and remains his companion to this day.
Inspired by his uncle, the renowned luthier Edgar Mönch, Kolya built his first guitar in 1967 in the Mönch shop where he became a frequent visitor and observer, making parts for his uncle´s instruments and three more guitars until in 1976 he set up his own workshop in Toronto, Canada.
Thirty years and more than 300 guitars later he continues to make master instruments in Germany during the winter and in Canada during the summer months.
More info at Kolya's website.
The Kolya Panhuyzen guitar 2006
Raphaella's new eightstring guitar is put together as follows:
Kolya wrote to Raphaella:
"It's curious that you say your new guitar is suited for old music.
As far as materials go I can only attribute it to the maple body. Maple
was used almost exclusively for the early guitars in Europe because it
was domestic and easily available. But the combination with the padouk
lining, sitka spruce soundboard, and elevated fingerboard is no doubt
unique. Let's call it a happy coincidence.
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