One of the more enjoyable aspects of being a traveling guitarist is the opportunity to meet and know guitar makers from all over the world.
In the 30+ years of my travels with the guitar I have been fortunate to know and befriend many of the greatest makers. In the happy company of these extraordinary and dedicated artists I have shared many delightful hours playing music and exchanging ideas and dreams for the further development of your beloved yet exacting instrument.
Of all this great family of gifted craftsmen and artists in wood, Stephan Connor is one of
the greatest. His instruments have poetry, power, clarity and that extra, indefinable magic that makes playing them a joy and inspiration.
I recently played my Connor in a huge hall in Seattle. As I was trying out the hall, the hall's sound man went into the back of the hall, to the back of the third balcony to listen for the projection of the instrument with the conviction that we would need some sort of sound re-enforcement. Yet he was amazed at the carrying power of the guitar. All previous guitarists had performed with amplification, but my guitar was carrying so well that even in a full hall we dispensed with amplification entirely.
I have also recently played my Connor guitar with some of the greatest colleagues one could wish for such as flautist Paula Robinson, violinist Mela Tenenbaum and conductor Jo Ann Falletta. All of these superb artists, people who have known my playing for many years, also fell in love with the sound of my Connor guitar.
Among guitar makers, Steve is unique as well in his ability to listen to and work with guitar players to improve upon his already stellar achievements. He is one of the most modest yet most searching makers known to me. His passion for guitar making only drives him to constantly want to surpass himself.
It is a pleasure to declare publicly my great admiration for Stephan Connor's work as well as my great affection for him as a person.