Brian Cohen is one of the best contemporary builders in the world today, arguably the best and most respected in England. His guitars have gorgeous quality of sound and play easily. Although the aesthetics are unique to Cohen, this guitar is structurally based on the designs of Hauser I in dimensions and bracing - Brian has spent considerable time over the course of his long career servicing original Hauser I's (including the "Rose Augustine" 1940 Hauser immortalized by Julian Bream in several recordings and many concerts). The sound is bright and clear in character, but with great warmth and sophistication. Quick in response with very good projection, this is an excellent instrument for the concert stage. In addition, we would expect this guitar to be a dream to record with. Materials are striking, including an aged spruce top, and a gorgeous set of dark CSA rosewood for the back/sides. Although used it is in excellent condition with only very modest signs of wear in the finish.