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Paolo Coriani began his career with a five-year apprenticeship (1975-1980) at the Massetti workshop in Modena (a workshop created by the two brothers Primo and Romolo Massetti in 1922). In 1984 Paolo Coriani opened his own workshop where he built guitars and hurdy-gurdies (one of these earned him a third prize at the Bagnacavallo Young Luthiers Competition. Besides acquiring traditional Spanish guitar-making techniques, he became interested in the most advanced and innovative instrument building methods of the time. (Friederich, Schneider/Kasha, Kohno...). During his frequent trips to Paris he made friends with Christian Aubin and the discovery of Aubin's Torres 1867 - FE23 (restored by Bouchet who removed the tornavoz) was a decisive influence on his own work.
The classical (or Spanish tradition) guitar was born in the middle of the 19th century in Andalusia. It is the fruit of a collaboration between a luthier, initially a carpenter and guitarist: Antonio de Torres and a guitarist: Julián Arcas. Both were born in Almería and were friends. They probably had in mind to get that special voice that makes the identity of the traditional Andalusian music: flamenco and its cante jondo (deep singing). Arcas and Torres must have seen very quickly that this instrument offered much more possibilities. "La Leona" (FE 04) is the fourth guitar built in 1856 by Antonio de Torres for Julián Arcas. Although it is only his fourth guitar, it is considered to be one of his best. Arcas will make discover this instrument during his concerts in Spain and throughout Europe, including the one in Castellón in 1862 where he met his future pupil Francisco Tárrega.
Paolo Coriani had the opportunity to study the original guitar which today belongs to Wulfin Lieske. Like the original, it is built with a brass Tornavoz that does not go all the way to the back of the guitar. He also reproduced the shape of the original bridge. Also the back (in three parts) and the sides are made of lightly stained cypress. Paolo Coriani succeeds in reproducing this very special voice, the bass is round and deep and the treble soft, woody and vibrant, the whole giving that deep and moving song that made the identity of this new instrument born from the friendship between a carpenter and a guitarist, in the small town of Almería, in the middle of the 19th century.