A network for historic guitars and vihuelas
The greatest private collection of antique 7-string guitars (with photos and detailed descriptions) collected by ‘russian gipsy’ Ivan Bariev is presented on the site as follows
(unfortunately the text on this site is in Russian only):
Russian luthiers –
Foreign luthiers (Stauffer, Scherzer, Weisberger, Bittner, Chenk etc etc) -
To his big regret Ivan himself plays a little 6-string guitar only … just like me! :-)
It is great to see all these guitars. The instrument that I have looks very like the Kraznoshekov (my best attempt: I only know the alphabet) from 1875.
Gypsies and gypsy culture suffers a lot of prejudice all over the place and it is heartening to see gypsy culture in a positive way. Nevertheless I'm sure that there is a perspective on 19th century Russian guitar music that is other than forceful, loud, fast.
In the culture of Russian Gypsies the 7-string guitar has sacral meaning, almost like icon for all Russians. That’s why this collection is widely supported by the Gypsy Community of Russia where Ivan Bariev is one of the leaders.
In the video devoted to the presentation of this collection which take place in Moscow in 2007 уou cаn see some of these guitars (and hear the sound):