Wow, that's so incredibly beautiful, you almost made me cry! Thanks for posting that, amigo. I didn't know that Powell wrote that type of music. I was also completely unaware of the technique used to record the guitars.
Oh my God, 12k on a guitar is a lot of money. I was very reluctant to pay 2k on mine, but I have no regrets. But I find hard to believe that another guitar would 6 times as good as mine. But maybe I'm talking out of my own ignorance and shallow pockets!
I remember hearing a while ago that Brazilian guitars are prone to cracking during winters or dry seasons, is that true at all?
I have Bellinati's renditions of Garoto's works and they're quite incredible. I find them more approachable than Raphael's works, but sure I have to take into account they were born a few decades apart. I can play Garoto, but Raphael seems impossible for me to even try.