Every now and again I see something about an Alvarez/Yairi that makes me long for my first guitar. Around '69 or '70 my parents finally bought me a guitar...I'd been begging for about 10 yrs. by that time. Anyway, it was an Alvarez and I loved it. Learned to play on it, took it everywhere with me, wrote my first songs on it, sang lullabies to my children with it, it was an extension of me (I'm sure many of you can relate). Went to Toronto with it in the late '90s and tragically, it was stolen out of a back of a van. Van with tinted windows, locked and left for no more than 10/15 minutes while we locked up. Windows broken out and poof...it was gone. I've never forgotten it and think of it everyday. Would love to see it again. Have pictures of it and it had one easily identifiable feature that I won't mention here for all of the obvious reasons. However, a partial description of it would be, bright deep red front with the usual "braiding" around the soundhole and dark woodgrain sides and back. Oh yes, and it was a classical.