Fabricated for Tomas Castillo Rengel, as noted on the label
650 mm Scale, 54 mm Nut. Fine to Medium grain Spruce Soundboard and Highly Flamed Maple back and sides. At this time the Argentine peso was equal to the US dollar. This model cost 1,000 pesos in Buenos Aires, it was the most expensive of 5 models offered at the Casa America music store (300, 450, 650, 800 and 1,000), this was equivalent to the price of 2 Chevrolet pickup trucks. Agustin Barrios owned a 1930 Enrique Sanfeliu carved headstock model, though his was a Rosewood back and sides model. 8 fan braces and 2 lower closing bars. French Polish. This was made as a 7 string but later converted to a six string.
The most Deluxe interior construction seen so far, is very similar to Francisco Simplicio's double separate piece liners attaching the top and back to the sides. See the video.
The label on this is very different than the standard one found on the 4 models fabricated below this model. Even the interior construction of the 650 pesos models we have sold has had a cut kerfing liner attaching the back to the sides, but it wasn't a double kerfing liner in its nature as this one is.
This Guitar was fabricated in Enrique Sanfeliu's home located just 550 feet (170 meters) from the home of concert guitarist Miguel Llobet, a friend and colleague of his.
There are 5 cracks on the top repaired decades ago, and one crack on the side in the upper bout near the waist on the bass side.
TOMAS CASTILLO RENGEL was a musical jurist in 1910, his name is found in the last paragraph in this Venezuelan history treatise:
The Anzoátegui State Anthem was adopted on November 14, 1910 (112 years). It is a song that expresses the heroism of the sons and warriors who fought and the greatness of the territory of those who inhabit it.
It was written by Enrique Pérez Valencia and composed by the Italian musician Angel Mottola Martucci.
On the occasion of the commemoration of the first centenary of April 19, 1810 (beginning of the independence of Venezuela), contests were opened in entities of the country to select the lyrics and music of their respective official anthems. Anzoátegui State was not the exception to the rule, since at the beginning of 1910 the then governor of the state, General Armando Rolando, opened a contest to choose the Anzoátegui State anthem.
On July 2, 1910, the verdict of the contest that selected the stanzas of the anthem was announced, which were written by the poet from the city of Barcelona (Venezuela), Enrique Pérez Valencia.
For its part, the competition aimed at finding the music of the anthem was won by the Italian musician Angel Mottola Martucci, according to the minutes of the meeting of the jury made up of F. R. Lyon, Tomás Castillo Rengel, José Lino Lárez and Giuseppe Marcheti on 13 November 1910, however its decision was officially announced on November 14, 1910 in a document signed by the Secretary General of the Anzoátegui State Government, José Antonio Godoy.