We believe that music and music instruments contribute to people’s well being and happiness.
We want to make it easier for people to feel the sheer pleasure and joy of playing uniquely designed, special or rare instruments. To do so, we are partnering with exceptional makers we appreciate, and we put their creations in the spotlight; extraordinary instruments.
When discovering and playing an extraordinary musical instrument that has unique visuals and sound colors I feel sheer joy and excitement as I become a part of something special and significant.
Why Extraordinary Instruments?
Some instruments produce sound with amazing sustain, power, attack, clarity, sweetness, light and dark tones, have stunning visuals, are rare or unique. Such instruments are a source of great joy to players and can make the audience feel that they are part of something significant and special; they are extraordinary. A maker must spend years to master all the techniques and skills necessary to produce a high quality instrument. But to create an extraordinary instrument, he needs to aim so high that it becomes an exceedingly demanding, and noble, effort.
Unlike factory instruments, an extraordinary instrument is hard to find as it is the result of long hours of hard work and love to detail. We love it when we discover a rare instrument and we want to share our joy!
We love luthiers that spend considerable time to create designs that are unique, appealing but effective. Playing such an instrument can give great joy to the musician and the audience.
We love it when instruments are crafted with love and attention to detail. Sound is the property that makers focus most and some achieve great results that make the instruments extraordinary.
Christos Rizos, the founder and curator of ExtraordinaryInstruments, is a multi-instrumentalist that has been playing mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin, classical and acoustic guitar from the tender age of 7 years old. He started performing in front of big audiences when he was just 9 years old and has never stopped; he is currently performing with MandolinARTE and is blogging about his adventures at theMandolinTuner. Christos loves to play special music instruments, be it a mandolin from Tasmania, a rubab from Afghanistan or a lyra from Creta and wants other to be able to do so!
Richard loved the sound and music of mandolins long before he knew what they were. The mandolins and guitars he designs and builds are the distillation of many years of careful design work. His unique instruments open up a whole new range of sonic possibilities within a very durable design.