Well, it was incredible! I'm just back home now after 5 days in Berlin exhibiting at this years Holy Grail show.
Gemma and I arrived on Thursday and instantly fell in love with the city. Really relaxed vib and super friendly and helpful people there. The show consists of 2 main parts; the show its self on the Saturday and Sunday but there is a symposium just for builders on the Thursday and Friday where professionals from all over the industry give talks and do workshops. I attended Pierre Journel of 'The Guitar Channel' workshop on all things marketing. Absolutely fascinating and insightful, hopefully you'll see a lot more of Taran Guitars from now on!
Everyone involved in the show were invited to the Luthiers Dinner on Friday night. Lots of old and new faces, we were lucky enough to sit next to Donal McGreevy and his wife, Kiera and Stefan Sonntag. Great banter and lots of guitar chat as the evening went on. One of the highlights was a standing ovation for Tania Spalt, the chief organiser of the show.
Set up and ready to got on Saturday morning and Jason Kostal stopped by before the doors opened to the public. Having never met him before it was brilliant to have a chat and I was bowled over when one of my guitar-making heroes said that he loved my guitars. A good start!
Over the 2 days that followed I spoke more about guitars than I thought possible and those of you who know me will know that that is a lot of guitar chat... People from all over the world come to the show and I was delighted with all of the positive feedback I received. I rarely had all 3 guitars on the stand as there was always one or two being played in the quiet booths opposite our stand.
One of the best parts of the Holy Grail is the sense of community that there is between builders. I met so many great folk and their guitars over the 3 days and have come away inspired and truly excited about building instruments.
Here are just some of the great people at this years show.
Thats a wrap!
A massive thank you to everyone who made this years show possible and to everyone who took the time to visit us. The biggest thank you to my beautiful wife Gemma for all of her support and for putting up with me over the last 4 months!