The Zachary Taylor designed, Panormo Guitar is a superbly crafted 'Romantic' guitar based on the innovative works of 19th century master luthier Louis Panormo.
Panormo was of Italian parentage, born in Paris in 1784 and became a British citizen in 1851 having settled in London to make guitars. He was a confident maker and even called himself 'The only Maker of Guitars in the Spanish Style'. Perhaps he forgot to add 'outside Spain'?
Although similar in appearance to the Spanish guitars, Panormo's soundboard technology followed the current thinking at that time. Thin strips of wood called struts were arranged in a fan shape beneath the lower part of the soundboard. The great Torres advanced the development of this system, more of which is noted in the information on the Torres-Taylor Guitar.
Those new to the Romantic, or 'Parlour' guitar, as it is sometimes called, may regard it as smaller than their later model offspring – the modern Classical guitar. The comparatively short scale of 600mm (about 23½ inches) makes the Romantic guitar accessible for players with smaller hands without restricting those with bigger spans.
Modern, master luthier Zachary Taylor based this model's design on several guitars by Panormo. Taylor owned an original and examined many others, including one at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He succeeded in creating a beautiful instrument that reproduces the 'feel' and sound of what players recognize as the 'Romantic' guitar. Composers such as Sor, Aguado and their contemporaries would have probably felt very comfortable with this Panormo-based model.
The Panormo Guitar comes strung with the Roosebeck™ 6-String Romantic Guitar Set (Item Code RBSRG6S), with the recommended tuning being E2 A2 D3 G3 B3 E4 (E A d g b e'). We carefully set up each instrument up for optimum action (string height): between 0.5-0.7mm at the 1st fret for all strings; 3.0-3.5mm at the 10th fret for the 1st string; and 3.5-4.0mm at the 10th fret for the 6th string. A bi-directional truss rod is installed to compensate for any changes in neck curvature. Each guitar comes with a Roosebeck™ Panormo Hard Case which provides exceptional protection for your instrument. This case features a rugged, faux leather exterior, plush cushioned interior, and a locking fastener. The Roosebeck™ Panormo Hard Case (Item Code RHCPN) can also be purchased separately.
Neck, Sides and Back: Maple
Head Stock Plate, Fretboard and Bridge: Ebony
Soundboard Bracing: Spruce
Back Inlay: Green Abalone
Nut and Saddle: Buffalo Bone
Bridge Inlay and Fret Markers:White Mother of Pearl
Scale Length: 600mm
Overall dimensions: 925mm length, 290mm width, and 86mm depth
Fretboard Width: 52mm at the 1st fret and 55mm at the 10th fret
Weight: Approximately 1.54 kg or 3.4 pounds.
It is very important that the instrument is stored in a humidity controlled environment, especially where the relative humidity is less than 50%. A Case Humidifier (Item Code OH-6) is a great way to protect your investment. It may be necessary to re-oil the fretboard every few months with Lemon Oil (Item Code PW-LMN). A Pick Guard (Item Codes SS-1P-C and SS-2P-C) is not included, but, can be added for protection.