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Josh Avleling

Thanks Richard! Have been playing No.355 since 2001 and couldn't ask for more! Keep up the good work!

Monday, 16 April 2007

Julian Cornish

Beautiful tone, ( sample tracks).
When I am able to consider an instrument I will enquire further.

Sunday, 18 February 2007

Martin Dunleavy

Thank you Richard! I've been the owner/player of your #63, (built in 1981, Adelaide) for about 20 years now....20 years of pure joy.The sound it produces is totally awesome!Excellence that never ceases to amaze me every day. Thank you!

(Question: When did you stop making your guitars in Adelaide before moving to Victoria?)

Monday, 05 February 2007

Jeff Rinkoff

i have just spent the first week with my new howell torres. while i have never played a torres, this guitar is fantastic!...and it is only a few weeks old, although the timbers are 50 to 80 years old. the guitar has wonderful balance, great separation, a very wide tonal range, incredible warmth, a broad dynamic range, remaining penetrating and dense at piano or less and capable of being pushed quite loudly even with the low tension strings currently on the guitar. i have had the opportunity to spend extended periods of time with hauser II, fleta, friederich, and blochinger guitars, and believe the howell torres to be better than many of these great guitars. if i had to spend the rest of my life with one of these, it would be the howell torres. the workmanship of the ornate model is gorgeous. if you have any reservations about acquiring a howell torres, i would say that if i had not acquired this guitar, i would have missed out on one of the most beautiful classical guitars in my life. i think richard should keep making the torres even when the old timbers are gone. richard you are a genius and i thank you for your commitment to the art and tradition and for making such a wonderful guitar. don't miss it. richard may never make these again.

Wednesday, 17 January 2007

Jonathan Gogh

I feel I have really nothing else to say about your artwork #396,in virtue of a couple of the "big names" I've ever owned up for ten grands USD,I think I can and I must to say,the #396 is undoubted the best one in almost every point,thanks a lot for your hand works Richard,I think I will definitely order the second one from you in this year... Jonathan Gogh

Sunday, 18 June 2006

Rob Hillerman

Hi Richard and Kate.I know,I know,I'm late in posting this,but at 68 "the mills grind slowly" as the saying goes.Richard,I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for the "process and procedures"undergone,since my initial conversation with you in August of 2005.Having been fortunate enough to meet with you and Kate and inundate you with a thousand and one questions,all of which you patiently answered,I found the acquisition of my guitar a journey of great expectation,and an experience and reward far beyond my expectations.From the hours we spent selecting woods, to the discussions of action preferences;to the updates of construction photographs and final delivery....all contributed to the experience of now owning a most wonderful instrument. Having now,played my cedar top,daily for 9 months I am still in awe of its ability to improve,(particularly after the first month).As with many a fine instrument the initial settling period was on occasions,a little frustrating.You warned me of this and following your advice to be patient,I am now rewarded with an ongoing maturity in all facets of our most loved instrument.It just seems to go on improving.Quite extraordinary really.I had initially thought that a cedar guitar would mature completely in 6 months.Wrong again.It just keeps getting clearer,louder,sweeter in every way. I thank you for your patience,advice and the friendly manner in which my guitar was created.It has been a privilege to meet up with you and Kate,and to own one of your instruments.I wish I had the ability to extract its true potential. Please provide anyone who would like to discuss your guitar ,my email.I would gladly tell them of my experience.Fond regards to yourself,Kate and Ben,(who so patiently created some excellent photos of construction stages....Rob H.

Saturday, 21 October 2006

Dr.Chetan S.Khurana

truely a master luthier& an extraordinarly perfect gentleman-very humble despite his status-i have sound clips of at least 50 guitars with me some of them well known names,but i have yet to find such a sound even in the "Enquire" range in fancy hi-end guitar salons. i would unhesitatingly buy one from him-which i would do after i reject all the"Nice" guitars i would be seeing in europe shortly-NOV/DEC

Friday, 06 October 2006

Bernard Barisic

I have recently ordered Richard's Ornate Torres model. After months of exhaustive research of luthiers, I happily decided on the Torres homage. I fully expect the Torres model to transport me back in time to a more romantic period, the era of Tarrega. I am positive the beauty of the sound will match or exceed the tremedously beautiful look of the guitar. Like I said it's more than a guitar, it's a time machine. I can't wait!!

Monday, 02 October 2006

Tom Becker (Nebraska)


It has been a long time. Your site looks great! Your instruments look fantastic; I could almost smell your shop. I often think of the time we went to Guitar Week together. I do hope you are well.

Your friend, Tom

Saturday, 16 September 2006

Orson Gawne

Great site, great pictures and great guitars...what more could you want?

Tuesday, 22 August 2006

Mark Linton-Smith

Hi Richard! I am the owner of #122, and have enjoyed its beautiful sounds for the 10 years or so I have owned it. My son has taken up guitar and covets it greatly. It is used constantly and always delivers a beautiful result.

Tuesday, 13 June 2006

Steve Bunck


Thursday, 20 April 2006

Rob Murphy

An American guitarist writing on the DelaCamp site descibed his Howell's (Australian) Torres as trully outstanding. I try my hand with a Kim Hancock, and we both seem to like each other but I feel I need to get another guitar if only to keep one at standard tuning - hence my visit. Great site, wonderful guitars.

Rob - Gisborne, Victoria

Saturday, 11 March 2006

Salvatore Di Mauro

Great Site... And incredible Guitars I found this site by accident, looking for Guitar tuning heads, and fell in love with your guitars, and sound they produce. I own a 2004 Jose ramirez 1a and I love Classical guitars. I have seen a lot of great guitars, and yours rank as one of the top instruments in the world. Thank you for taking the time to read my letter, and please keep making these great guitars....

Sunday, 26 February 2006

Lawrence Tse

I feel extremely priveleged to be the owner of a Howell guitar which is an authentic re-creation of an 1864 guitar by the great Spanish master, Torres. This was only made possible with the true mastery of completely hand-made method and quest for excellence and integrity of Richard Howell. This "Torres model" guitar has a top made from the finest German spruce and the back and sides are premium old-growth Brazilian rosewood with authentic traditional varnish. The resulting sound from the guitar is sweet with singing clarity and, despite its small size, it projects well in an average sized concert hall without amplification. Although this is a brand new guitar (2005) its sound has already opened up as remarked by a great Canadian guitar player and another Hong Kong guitar master recently. I've got relatively small hands and yet the guitar is incredibily easily to play. It is also an amazingly beautiful piece of art and craft!

Friday, 10 February 2006

Alan and Coral

As a guitarist who owns four Howell guitars, I can absolutely vouch for their integrity, playability and exquisite variety of tone colour. I have played and owned dozens of guitars by famous makers, from Rubios to Fletas to Ramirez to Miguel Rodrigues, etc... but when teaching, recording and composing, I return again and again to my Howell guitars as, in my opinion, they surpass all of the others. I bought my first Howell cedar-top in 1979 and my most recent one only last year: the beautiful ornate Torres model. I have appreciated the workmanship and sound of Howell guitars since that very first purchase 27 years ago but I must say that the Torres model is the best instrument I have played anywhere, anytime. Richard, you are a true master! Thank you for being an inspiration: you deserve greater recognition for your contribution to the classical guitar. You truly understand the way it should be made and the way it should sound.

Sunday, 05 February 2006

Rafael Jimenez

I love my 1993 guitar. It's so powerfull and sweet sounding, and very confortable to play.

Friday, 23 December 2005

Joseph Adamson

And the magic of the sound,
like an ancient spell
Turning its way
Distant memories
Once lost
Now found.

Thursday, 17 November 2005

Rob Hillerman

congrats ....informative,interesting and complete.

Sunday, 28 August 2005

Joseph Butler

Dear Richard,

I found your web site to be well designed and very informative. The audio clips and "The Art of Listening" section were especially good.

Regards, Joseph Butler

Wednesday, 03 August 2005


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