We’re about to receive our first guitar from German luthier Otto Rauch, whom David Collett met in Germany last year. Otto tells us that the rosette on this guitar borrows ideas based on a 1858 Torres and 1936 Gomez Ramirez, and once the finish is on it, it has the color of a deep Bordeaux red wine. The top is Italian spruce from the “Latte Mar” hills in the Rosengarten at the Dolomites. Back and sides are his best African rosewood. Tuners are by Alessi. Although aesthetics are Rauch’s own, the structure of this guitar is based on a 1930 Hermann Hauser I which has a slightly smaller body shape – similar to some mid-sized Torres styled guitars. It is not a literal copy of the Hauser guitar, however – Otto borrows the plantilla, thicknesses, proportions, etc. The original guitar was played by Andrés Segovia; in 1973 José Romanillos built a similar one for Julian Bream based on Sergio Abreu’s 1930 Hauser. Otto says the appeal of this model lies in its enormous volume (especially for its size) – a focused and resonant sound with a strong bass range. The distinct middle range enhances this instrument’s brilliant highs with a great deal of warmth. The guitar should be here any day now!

Click here to hear German guitarist Stefan Hladek (who studied at the London Royal Academy with Julian Bream and John Williams) play Couperin’s ‘Les Baricades Misterieuses’ on the same model guitar (though not the guitar we’ll be getting). Thanks to Stefan for permission to use this clip.

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