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" Hello Guitarnotes people (Catherine and Andrew)
Just to say a big thank you for the impressive service (as previously!). I ordered Simply Baroque only yesterday and it arrived this morning!! You cannot get better customer service than that. Beautifully packaged with a clear invoice and personally signed too.
Very many thanks.
Jon B (Manchester)
"I would like to express my appreciation for the work you are doing. I've received today, 14th Sept. the book I've ordered on the 10th.Thanks for your efficiency and speed."
"Dear Guitarnotes, thank you for the continued great service. You have been outstandingly consistent and reliable over the years, with an incredibly prompt and efficient service. All the best, MM"
"Hi - I rang yesterday to order some music. I should have added that I bought an Alhambra guitar from you a couple of years ago and just wanted to say that it is sounding wonderful! I really appreciated the time that you took to take methrough the different instruments and am so pleased with the guitar I took away.
So a general massive thank you for all your help over the years!"
David S. (London)
"Hi both just a quick note to thank you for visiting yesterday with your guitars. It wasan easy choice in the end as the Cuenca (70)just kept calling to me. A great service and and a great way to buy a guitar!
Good luck with everything"
James V.(Burton Joyce)
"I just wanted to say thank you for doing a tremendous job with your business. Iam very grateful. Flawless I'd say. Have a good day!"
Robin J. (Sweden)
"Would just like to tell you how impressed we are with your service.To receive update of despatch so quickly after ordering and receive book perfectly packed next day is very impressive.
We ordered from you before as well and received the same prompt service then as well.
Thanks, will definitely be ordering book 3 soon!
Jenny and William (age 11 guitarist) M. (Wilts)
" Thank you for your great prompt service it's always 1st class"
" Thank you very much for your excellent service! The sheet music ordered arrived in 10 business days, here in California (USA). The packaging was impeccable and the music score arrived without awrinkle. "
Nelson S.(California USA)
"After visiting two other Midlands specialists I was rather disillusioned by somerather bland sounding English guitars in one studio and a rangeof over-priced characterless Spanish instruments in another, itwas like a breath of fresh air to visit your Guitar Centre and try out your fabulous range.
Catherine was very patient with meand helped clarify my thoughts and I am really delighted with my final choice of a Cuenca luthier model. I could have spent much more but there was no need as this guitar gives me everything I was looking for and failed to find elsewhere. Thank you again and keep up the good work!
Darren G. (Cheshire)
Just a quick note to thank you for taking the time to meet with me (and my husband!) on Saturday. My new guitar sounds wonderful and a significant step up from my old one (a Luis Romero LR-30) and I hope it will see me through my Grade 5 exams and beyond.
Kind regards "
Jillian M-B (Scotland)
" Apart from the amazing selection, the restful ambience of your guitar showroom, with the gentle and expert encouragement of Catherine, what really impressed me was the terrific quality of the guitars and their tiptop condition......I was torn between two guitars, but Inever felt rushed in reaching my decision. I am absolutely thrilled with the Cuenca Professional and my teacher is also most impressed with how my playing has come on in leaps and bounds in the weeks since buying it ...."
Alan R.(Manchester, UK)
"Dear Andrew Many thanks for sending the ***** **** Sonata. I have to admire your persistence as well as your tenacity in seeing through my request to the bitter end! ..... With all best wishes"
Julian B. (Dorset, UK)
"Carulli Set arrived 9.00am !!!!!! I onlyphoned you yesterday. You can't get faster than that!!!!! Many thanks
Harvey Hope (Sanderstead, UK)
"Catherine is a true guitarist with a genuine understanding of how the guitar works and of the fine quality instruments she chooses to sell. In addition, I found her both professional and understanding and went beyond the call of duty to help me find the perfect guitar. I would recommend to anybody who is looking for a guitar at any level to consult Catherine at Guitarnotes first. Marvellous - thank you."
Jeremy R. (Barnsley, UK)
"The detailed website descriptions helped me find the type of instrument I was looking for. With great personal service, there is a guitar at Guitarnotes for everytype of player. I am delighted with the Luis Romero guitar I purchased - its lovely deep sound is a wonderful confidence booster and helps me to get more out of the music I enjoy."
Martin F. (Newark, UK)
"It was such a nice atmosphere to be in whilst choosing a guitar. It is such a beautiful guitar and I still getreally excited every time I pick it up to play"
Elizabeth L.(Birmingham, UK)
"Many thanks for your prompt, efficient and above all, considerate service. It has taken me a long time to pluck up courage to buy a decent instrument and you made the process exciting and enjoyable. It was a rare treat to discuss guitars with someone with a huge amount of knowledge about and a passion for the instrument and a real pleasure doing business with you."
Elizabeth P. (E.Yorks, UK)
"It was a delight to be able to try out and assess a wide range of fine instruments in such arelaxed setting. Best wishes for the future"
Ian S. (N. Wales)
"Now that I've had a few days with the guitar (Carmelo del Valle Rio), I can officially say that I am thrilled with it. It isexactly as you've described it, both in appearance and sound quality. A very handsome instrument, with an absolutely lush sound, balanced by excellent clarity of tone. As far as I'm concerned, the guitar couldn't have been described more accurately. I would have no hesitancy in recommending your shop to anyone seekingto purchase a fine guitar from abroad. I was amazed that the guitar reached my doorstep two days after shipping, even after being held up in customs. Overall, this was an easy and very pleasant transaction."
Gary R. (MI, USA)
"Purchasing a guitar through mail order was not something I ever thought I would do, but Catherine's advice and obvious knowledge about the instruments gave me the level of confidence to purchase. The guitar I receivedis superb now, but the icing on the cake is that it will get even better. This was a valuable educational experience as well - as I now know more about guitars than I did before I contacted Catherine- keep up the good work."
Jon M. (N.Ireland)
"I am now getting more used to the new guitar [Alhambra Maestro 9 Cedar soundboard] and I am very pleased with how it sounds. I really think I got good value for the money, and can agree how much better the Maestro series guitars are than the regular Alhambra guitars I tried before, good as these are. I am using it in a concert on Thursday."
Dag S. (Norway)
"I received my guitar (Alhambra Maestro 7) in perfect order and quickly, looks so beautiful and sounds better! Learning to play Classical Guitar, as my 4th instrument, I could not have picked a nicer model for this price range! The VGV case is definitely worth the price, so well made and light. Guitarnotes is the place to go for best service and advise. Thank you"
"Now that I am off my cloud of surprise and wonder, I can say since the purchase of this guitar I am discovering new sonorities. The size of the guitarand fingerboard is up to my requirements. This guitar feels well in playing position and it offers ease of playing all across the range. I was thrilled by the sustain of high notes, sometimesneeding control of dynamics. As the guitar is new with a sprucetop, the daily workouts already open up the future potential, through sound quality. I feel there is much more to hear with this guitar. Great thanks Andrew and Catherine you made me a very happy guitarist. Best wishes."
"The guitar is absolutely fantastic! I am simply amazed by the clarity and separation of the notes. The trebles are so sweet and the perfect complement of the basses make this guitar an absolute gem. The neck is so comfortable and the action is low but without buzzing making it so easy to play. This Vilaplana just blows my 2 Australian made guitars away. The best part is that it just gets better everyday. I will highly recommend a Jose Vilaplana guitar and Mrs Catherine from Guitarnotes.
My friends at the guitar club are overwhelmed by the beauty and the sound of this guitar. They would like to know why Vilaplana isn't better known as he deserves to be up with the cream of Spanish makers.
I am most happywith this guitar. Please convey my thanks and appreciation to Sr.Vilaplana. Regards"
Keith N. (Malaysia)
"Fantastic service! it arrived this morning
Robin would have been impressed!
Regards Alan ( Robin's pupil and his playing partner in the 60's)"
Alan J. (London, UK)
"Thank you for your time and assistance yesterday. I am very pleased with the new Carmelo guitar and enjoyed the time spent selecting it. As always, it is a pleasure visiting you. Regards "
John F. (Middlesbrough, UK)
"Just to let youknow I received the Maestro guitar yesterday up here in Edinburgh, just as you indicated. I am delighted with it and am very grateful for your courteous advice and professional service,as always. Kind regards
Nigel W. (Edinburgh, UK)
"Dear Catherine, I apologise for the delay in letting you know of the safe arrival of my Alhambra Maestro series guitar and to say how absolutely delighted I am with it. I was quite apprehensive about purchasing a new guitar in this manner but I'm very pleased with theoutcome and I'm sure it will give me many years of pleasure. Your service was excellent from the pre-purchasing discussion as to my requirements through to the thorough and careful packaging and delivery.
Thank you again. Kind regards"
Rosie A. (Dundee, UK)
"Just a little note to say thank you very much for the professional service and attention I received during my visit to yourestablishment yesterday. I also wish to extend my most sincere gratitude to you for your kind words and comments regarding my playing. I am not the most confident of people at the best of times and found your remarks and advice very encouraging not only towards my playing, but helpful in the quest to calm my nerves.
The Luis Romero guitar I purchased from you is a beautiful piece of cratsmanship. I couldn't put it down last night. The sound itproduces is wonderful, its feel, the quality of the instrument,its just a work of art and I am thoroughly pleased with it. I wish yourself and all at Guitarnotes all the best.
Nigel J.F (Stafford, UK)
"Just to let you know I got the guitar home safely and am really pleased with it. Tone is really good and I know I shall have many happy years with it."
Richard J (Kildare, Ireland)
"Not just a guitar, but also a work of art(Maestro 11).
Delivered at 11:00am. Unpacked by 11:15. Tuned by 11:30. Couldn't putthe instrument down again until dinner at 7:00pm."
Jeff R. (Burnley, UK)
"Hello again, the guitar(Maestro Linea Profesional) has arrived. It sounds just as good as I had remembered, brilliant sustain! Thank you so much once again for tolerating my lack of communication. This guitar will make practicing for my forthcoming Trinity Associate Diploma a joy."
Mik R. (Sydney, Australia)
"Just a quick note to say I'm very impressed with the speed and efficiency of my recent order - placed on Tuesday lunchtime and with me on Wednesday morning! Thank you!"
Rebecca P. (Manchester)
"The Luis Romero guitar I ordered last week arrived in good order on Tuesday. I am really pleased with it: it looks beautiful, and (even in my hands!) it sounds great. Thank you very much."
Dr.Douglas S. (Lincoln)