Just wondered what the DB.com community thinks, in general, about Duponts. I had played a few several years ago, and came away less than inspired. Of course, I was less familiar overall with GJ guitars/playing then, so perhaps my impressions were colored by that. But on the whole, the 2-3 guitars I played were not enormously impressive.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit the Ochanomizu guitar district in Tokyo, where one shop had 3 Duponts, a standard oval hole, d-hole and one of Maurice's fantastic, top-of-the-line Reserve models. Despite having pretty dead strings, these guitars were very impressive, with a deep bottom end I simply don't hear in any of the various Gitanes, Manouches, or even my own Dell'Arte Manouche, or the Shelley Park and Dunn guitars I've played. There was just a richness in the tone that I haven't heard except in the Selmers I've played.
I just wondered if people more familiar with the Duponts than I have noticed a significant improvement in the guitars lately; did I just find a couple of really great ones in Tokyo; have they always been this good and I just failed to appreciate it ... ?
At this point, I am seriously thinking of buying an oval-hole instead of buying a vintage Gypsy guitar.
Yours in Django,