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Michael Cadiz was born in 1983 near Baltimore. He started playing guitar at the age of eleven and continued his musical studies in Paris with Jean-Pierre Billet and in Chicago with Sergio Assad. He studied lutherie with Rick Davis in Seattle, then in Oregon with Robert Ruck. In 2016 he set up his workshop in Graz, Austria.
When we go through his biography, we perceive in this young luthier something of the order of movement, energy, generosity, freedom... these endearing aspects of his personality seem to be found in this magnificent guitar.
The superb aesthetics and perfectly executed lutherie work was already noticeable in the photos we received, but this impression is multiplied tenfold when we open the case for the first time and discover this instrument.
For the sound aspect, the best is to listen to what the luthier himself says about it : « I’ve recently made a few changes in my approach to this model. I’ve felt that, while the lively and lush response of the traditional Torres sound can be very impressive, intimate and alluring, it can sometimes lack a bit of balance and evenness in higher frequencies. I’ve addressed this in some of my recent versions of this model by ever so slightly adjusting the soundboard and side construction. While, maintaining a low body resonance slightly above F#, I feel that it keeps the traditional allure, but greatly increases the balance and evenness of decay in the trebles. It also disciplines the basses in a way that allows for a slightly larger dynamic range. I also believe that it balances and cleans up the overall frequency response and allows it to project better in a larger room.
"My friend Stefan Skrilecz stopped by yesterday morning to try out a new guitar and record a couple pieces, before I ship it out to Galerie des Luthiers in Lyon. No added reverb. No edits. Two cameras and a Zoom H5. About a meter away from the guitar." Michael Cadiz