Eva Beneke came back to play some guitars, and as it turned out they were both spruce tops made by German masters – a 1952 Hermann Hauser I (one of the very last guitars he ever made – you can read about it here) and a 2000 Edmund Blochinger. On the Hauser she played a traditional German Chistmas song called ‘Es ist ein Ros´entsprungen’ and on the Blochinger she played the introduction to Giuliani’s ‘Rossiniana.’

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17 Responses to “Eva Beneke at GSI – Hauser and Blochinger”

  1. Lawrence says:

    IMHO ,the Hauser sounds so much better ,more noble and mellow.Perhaps this is a result of aging .

  2. Lawrence says:

    The first string on the Blochinger sounds dead .Not a patch on the sixty-year old Hauser.

  3. Lawrence says:

    The Hauser has some magical qualities .

  4. LAWRENCE says:

    Give me a Bernabe Imperial any day.

  5. Peter Hughes says:

    Boring? Not! I was interested to note that there was very little difference in the sound of the guitars. I can’t say I prefer one over the other.

  6. LAWRENCE says:

    Peter Hughes ,very little difference in the guitars ?? perhaps you need to listen again ?

  7. LAWRENCE says:

    Peter , regarding the difference in guitars it is simple really .One guitars sounds like a Hauser ,the other? well best not to say too much.

  8. LAWRENCE says:

    And the music is deadly boring ,the awful folk tune and the endless drivel of Giuliani and his arpeggios and meaningless gestures. Truly mind-numbing.

  9. LAWRENCE says:

    To be fair ,and honest ,the Blochinger is certainly a nice guitar and I would definately not refuse one as a birthday present .It does not have the advantage however of the years of playing and maturing that the old Hauser has ,which may make all the difference.Perhaps the Blochinger has not been played enough as it is a young guitar and guitars ,like fine wines ,improve with time….up to a point. String selection is another factor which should be taken into account.

  10. Lawrence says:

    The Hauser has a lot of richness and clarity and a gorgeous bass.

  11. Casimiro says:

    Mr.Lawrence rule the Guitar World.

  12. Bruce says:

    I must say I disagree about this arrangement of “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen” being boring, but yes, the Hauser is warmer and sweeter than the other. Eva plays both pieces well, though obviously the first piece has much more soulful depth and substance than the second–something reflected in the breathing of her phrasing. I think the Blochinger guitars are generally quite lively with strong trebles, though this one is a bit cold and dry for my taste. A good guitar, but alas, I doubt it’s going to sell for 20K. What do I know? I much prefer guitars made by Blochinger’s friend and collaborator, Fritz Ober–more woody warmth there, closer to Hauser in the way a note sings as it decays.

  13. Nancy says:

    Very nice Ms. Beneke!

  14. LAWRENCE says:

    I apologise if I have caused offense .None of us is above criticism but there is constructive criticism and the destructive kind and I may have been rather destructive. As I stated in a previous post ,the Blochinger is a nice guitar. But I prefer the Hauser senior.Let;s be honest , many guitars would come off second best compared to a 1952 Hauser .As for $20k ,that is not an unreasonable price for a quality guitarby any means .There are good guitars costing a lot more than this ,and also good guitars for less.Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.The Romeros love Blochinger guitars so obviously they are very fine instruments. I honestly do not believe these videos can do guitars justice ,the guitar is a difficult beast to record well . Please do not take offense at my earlier facetious comments ,they were tongue-in-cheek to a large extent.I enjoy these videos very much ,my intention was to provoke a debate and exchange of opinion ,not to badmouth players or makers.

  15. ricky ray says:

    she is a very talented player, i find a spiritual piece of music played by a great gtr player, a great gtr player can make a 50 dollar gtr sound great, although i have great respect for great gtrzz, its the player, the fingers,,, the soul, from the soul, it all comes from the soul,,sincerely ricky ray,

  16. LAWRENCE says:

    Eva Beneke is a nice and sensitive player .Having just heard an incredible rendition of Pictures at an Exhibition played on guitar ,it is refreshing to hear a simple folk song played so sweetly .My earlier remark was impulsive and I regret it. German guitar makers are in a league of their own ,together with the spanish masters ,especially in madrid and Granada .

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