Hermann Hauser 2011

Hermann Hauser 2011

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This guitar has a pure and clean tone, with defined and focussed notes, beautiful balance across the strings and throughout the range of the fingerboard and for me these are the main pointers of quality in a classical guitar.

She is not flash or flamboyant but rather, has strength created by a well supported voice and great depth of sound. Of course she is a young guitar and still at the beginning of her journey creating music and as expected with a spruce guitar will grow and develop over the next few years. However her stature and potential was immediately obvious as I started to play.

The treble has a smooth and silky quality, clarity blended with a gentle resonance around the note, a ‘glow’ that highlights the essence and substance of the sound rather than ‘taking over’. The basses are all about strength and intensity with a concentrated, deep and full bodied sound full of colour and character. Overall the individual notes are wonderfully distinct which, as I discovered in Milonga by Cardoso, gives great texture to the music and allows easy projection of rhythm and articulation leading to clear musical communication.

She is very sensitive to right hand touch and I really enjoyed experimenting with this moving from fast and sharp attacks through mellow, ‘fatter’ notes to rich and heavy tones using fuller strokes and changing nail angles. I also have to admit to a wonderful response to rest stroke especially in the treble where the full magnitude and potential of her sound was released (I only say this reluctantly as I am not a rest stroke player!).

In Elegie by Mertz the drama and emotion of the music was evident. The guitar easily highlights the separate voices and textures in the music, for example an arpeggio accompaniment with melody line above or below, and the focus in the sound leads to precise and clean articulation. I particularly loved the solid feel to the bass voice here, really supporting and driving the music.

As I said earlier a spruce guitar takes time to develop her voice and, as such this guitar does need to be played to help the sound grow in breadth and depth. I can hear the potential developing with only an hour or so of playing. The sound is not ‘ready made’ for you. This is evidence of her pedigree and her quality, a real guitar ‘for life’. In Capricho Catalan I could hear a lovely ‘all around’ warm resonance with clearly singing melody in thirds underpinned by excellent growl in the repeating bass pattern.

Finally in Bach’s Chaconne, a fitting finale to this review, the majesty and impact of this guitars voice came to the fore, full bodied and compelling harmonies, definition and colour in the weaving melodic lines and colours from soft and delicate to vibrant and invigorating. Someone has got an exciting musical journey ahead of them!
Selina

This guitar has a pure and clean tone, with defined and focussed notes, beautiful balance across the strings and throughout the range of the fingerboard and for me these are the main pointers of quality in a classical guitar.

She is not flash or flamboyant but rather, has strength created by a well supported voice and great depth of sound. Of course she is a young guitar and still at the beginning of her journey creating music and as expected with a spruce guitar will grow and develop over the next few years. However her stature and potential was immediately obvious as I started to play.

The treble has a smooth and silky quality, clarity blended with a gentle resonance around the note, a ‘glow’ that highlights the essence and substance of the sound rather than ‘taking over’. The basses are all about strength and intensity with a concentrated, deep and full bodied sound full of colour and character. Overall the individual notes are wonderfully distinct which, as I discovered in Milonga by Cardoso, gives great texture to the music and allows easy projection of rhythm and articulation leading to clear musical communication.

She is very sensitive to right hand touch and I really enjoyed experimenting with this moving from fast and sharp attacks through mellow, ‘fatter’ notes to rich and heavy tones using fuller strokes and changing nail angles. I also have to admit to a wonderful response to rest stroke especially in the treble where the full magnitude and potential of her sound was released (I only say this reluctantly as I am not a rest stroke player!).

In Elegie by Mertz the drama and emotion of the music was evident. The guitar easily highlights the separate voices and textures in the music, for example an arpeggio accompaniment with melody line above or below, and the focus in the sound leads to precise and clean articulation. I particularly loved the solid feel to the bass voice here, really supporting and driving the music.

As I said earlier a spruce guitar takes time to develop her voice and, as such this guitar does need to be played to help the sound grow in breadth and depth. I can hear the potential developing with only an hour or so of playing. The sound is not ‘ready made’ for you. This is evidence of her pedigree and her quality, a real guitar ‘for life’. In Capricho Catalan I could hear a lovely ‘all around’ warm resonance with clearly singing melody in thirds underpinned by excellent growl in the repeating bass pattern.

Finally in Bach’s Chaconne, a fitting finale to this review, the majesty and impact of this guitars voice came to the fore, full bodied and compelling harmonies, definition and colour in the weaving melodic lines and colours from soft and delicate to vibrant and invigorating. Someone has got an exciting musical journey ahead of them!
Selina

Specification

Design

Hauser III Segovia model

Table

Aged 50 year old Spruce

Rosette

Maple & Indian Rosewood

Back and Sides

2 Piece Finest old Brazilian Rosewood

Machine Heads

Hauser Design

Finish

Nitro

Case

Hand made wood

Condition

1st Class.

Dimensions

Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

52mm

Upper Bout

282mm

Lower Bout

366mm

Body Depth

100mm