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Editions Orphée, a publisher of music and books for the classical guitar and lute, is a one man operation. To understand what this really means, bear in mind that I do not have any employees, I work alone in all facets of the business. I do all the editing, much of the music engraving and text typesetting, graphic design, administration, accounting, processing of orders, licking stamps and taking the packages to the post-office.
Besides, I am involved in a lot of research which is related to current projects. That requires me to spend a lot of time reading, going to the library, communicating with other scholars.
Now you have asked me a question. If the question is related to any of my editions of books and music, I will be happy to accommodate you and answer your query to the best of my ability. But if the question deals with the general area of guitar history, guitar repertoire, composers etc, I most probably know the answer to your question, but to give you a precise and reliable answer, I would need to double check the information, and not spout things off the top of my head. I do this sort of thing all the time in various cyber forums, including my own blog, and often enough, I am not very precise. That is not what you need from me.
As for communicating with known colleagues, people I have worked with before in the past, I will take the time to answer their queries to the best of my ability, but there is no way I can dedicate the precious little time I have, to answer queries from people I have never heard of before. Particularly, when the nature of the question itself shows me that the enquirer has not done the basic research required to resolve the issue. If you have something interesting to show me, a bit of information I was not aware of before, I would be happy to work with you on your project. But if all you need from me is material for a term paper, a recording project, a concert program etc, and I have no idea who you are, you will have to excuse me for declining to help you. Sorry, but time is short, and there is not much of it left. You will just have to do your own research, and if you do not know how to go about it, I suggest you ask the general community of guitar scholars. A good place to start would be the Guitar Summit mailing list.
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