Christoph Sembdner has been building guitars since 1990 and has been teaching lutherie at the University of applied Sciences Zwickau in his hometown of Markneukirchen, East Germany. In addition to this post, which he has held since 1999, he was invited by the private vocational school in Moss/Norway in 1995 to establish a guitar department and take over the task of teaching guitar making. His building style is greatly influenced by Torres/Hauser patterns that he learned while attending Romanillos masterclasses.
Christoph Sembdner's guitars are based on the famous 1973 Romanillos of Julian Bream, including a bracing pattern of open harmonic bars. They also manage to capture a remarkably similar sound, just as captured in some of Bream's best moments, including his famous recording of Albeniz and Granados. It is quite startling actually just how much his instruments sound like the original Romanillos guitars. This is a cedar-top interpretation of the Romanillos design, and features added warmth and openness. Although volume and projection on this guitar are very good, he builds with balance and sustain as top priority. The sound is very solid and clear, with every note able to sing beautifully. The aesthetic design is elegant and clean, and combined with a beautiful sound, this is an excellent concert guitar in all aspects.