I live in Germany and I would ‘characterize’ myself as a ‘rebetiko-afficionado’ in desperate desire to learn to play this great music. ‘To ‘cho meraki’, as I would say it in Greek. So I decided to obtain a 6-string bouzouki via internet because I do not have the ability to go to Greece and I don’t know anyone in Athens who I could ask to search and who knows about bouzoukis.
I found this great forum and I read the threads on where to buy a bouzouki and which builder to buy from. Unfortunately most of them are not obtainable via internet except of Sakis/Mazikas and Zozef. About Sakis’ instruments I read some very contradicting opinions on the forum, the same about Zozef, especially I could not find any comments on the current instruments, since Zozef himself seems to have passed away some time ago. Their site also seems not up to date, the prices are still in drachmas. Are they still in business and does anyone have some information on the quality of the ‘Past-Zozef-Aera’-bouzoukis? The bouzoukis on their site however seem expensive to me or at least I cannot afford one of them. What about the other builders?
I could spend max. 1000,- on a new 6-string bouzouki. The only thing I’m interested in is a good sound. I want the instrument to be SIMPLE in appearance but made of quality woods and ‘ingredients’.
Having this in mind I discovered the site hordofonon. com. Their workshop is located at Zografou. From what I saw on their site, they seem to make the ‘pure’ and ‘gnisia’ instruments that I am searching for or at least they differ from all the other bouzoukis I saw over the internet until now.
They offered me to build a left-handed 6-string bouzouki for 880,- which is their starting price. It sounds like a good deal to me, but as I am an absolute beginner I could need some additional information before ordering an instrument for that amount of money.
So I would like to ask the people at this forum who are more experienced than myself, if anyone knows something about their instruments. Maybe someone has already visited or will visit their workshop or played one of their instruments or even bought one from them? Any input or even just opinions on the topic would be greatly appreciated.
As I said I need a left-handed instrument, which in 99,9% must be built on order and I cannot come to Greece for buying one. What would you recommend?
PS: Feel free to answer in Greek. I understand it but unfortunately I cannot write it correctly and I did not want to ‘torment’ the readers of this forum with my ‘Greeklish’. Thanks again for taking the time to read all this.