Historic Beauty: once Pepe Romero's, '94 Traphagan, Cedar/Brazil Rose.
by C. David Murry
(Annapolis, MD, USA)
1994 Spanish Cedar top and Brazilian Rosewood back and sides by Dake Traphagan.
Originally built for Pepe Romero, who played her daily for Celedonio during his final convalescence. 655mm with 4mm elevated fingerboard. Gilbert tuners. Lovely, unique rosette and inlays; elegantly understated.
Looks, plays, and sounds truly gorgeous. Lush, velvety cedar tone, though not 'too cedary,' and with just a touch of that sprucy punch. No lack of concert power. No dead spots - this beauty was broken in by a true master. Well-cared for since and put on the market quite reluctantly. Could use refinishing: some superficial scratches and minute nicks in the top - one noticeable chip below fingerboard near rosette (slightly visible in picture). However, a professional could easily take care of this and overall condition is great.
$7,500 includes double-arched hardshell case and further padded soft slipover with carrying strap.