Hermann Hauser III has tirelessly built guitars that capture the sound and aesthetic of the "teutonic" style, as initially established by his grandfather, Hermann Hauser I and transmitted through his father, Hermann Hauser II. Although it is one of the most iconic (and copied) styles since its inception, it should be no surprise that the style has been most faithfully preserved by Hermann III - indeed he works in the same workshop as his father and grandfather, uses many of the same tools, and even uses woods that were acquired by both his paternal predecessors. Features of the "teutonic" style are the extreme clarity and balance between voices, even sustain in all registers, and of course incomparable and beauty of tone. The sound of this style of instrument has been most famously immortalized by Julian Bream in countless recordings, as well as by numerous other major players.
This particular guitar was originally built for and owned by Pepe Romero who concertized on it many times. Included with the guitar is a letter from Pepe where he mentions that it is named "Alfonsa" as a tribute to Hermann's grandmother. Workmanship and materials on this particular guitar are outstanding as usual and it is French polished. While Pepe owned it, he had a thin transparent golpe added to the soundboard to protect it from his rasgueados, particulary when performing the "Concierto de Aranjuez" by Joaquin Rodrigo (this guitar was used often for this piece as is evidenced from the 2 small black dots on the inside of the soundhole, which Pepe used to locate the harmonics the end of the second movement). Otherwise the condition is excellent, and all original with no repairs or previous damage.