The instruments of Parallel Crossings
For the Parallel Crossings recording sessions, Sándor used only one instrument: a McCollum 12-string baritone guitar. This instrument was based on the design specs of the Santa Cruz DKK-12. Various stringing and tuning scenarios were employed. For some pieces, the McCollum was strung as a 6-string baritone in Nashville tuning. For others, it was strung as a 12-string baritone; often with altered tunings.
For the Parallel Crossings recording sessions, I employed two instruments which I designed and developed with the Santa Cruz Guitar Company: the Santa Cruz DKK-12 12-string Extended Baritone guitar, and the Santa Cruz DKK 6-string Extended Baritone guitar. The DKK was tuned to F# tuning. The DKK-12 was used with experimental intervallic tunings, which proved to be a real departure from our previous album, the award-winning Resonance.
The DKK-12 was used for most tracks, except for three pieces: Preludium, Improfugue I, and Cordulia Aenea, which were recorded using the DKK.
For both Sandor and I, the existence of the DKK 12-string extended baritone, and his McCollum which was based on it, certainly influenced the compositions recorded here.