1925 Hermann Hauser I SP/CSAR
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Hermann Hauser Sr.
(1882-1952) is best remembered for the remarkable instruments he built in the Spanish style after 1924. In that year, both Andrés Segovia and Miguel Llobet visited Hauser. Segovia was impressed by the quality of Hauser's work and wrote his impressions, noting that he "immediately saw the potential of this great artisan if only his mastery might be turned to the construction of the guitar in the Spanish pattern, as immutably fixed by Torres and Ramirez as the violin had been fixed by Stradivarius and Guarnerius" (Segovia in Guitar Review 1954). Segovia encouraged Hauser to build instruments based on his 1912 Manuel Ramirez guitar (built by Santos Hernandez) after he examined and made measurements of this instrument. At this time Hauser also had the opportunity to examine Miguel Llobet’s famous 1859 Torres which would also become a decisive influence on the maturing "Hauser" style. After Torres, Hauser I guitars are the most studied, revered and desired of the great historical makers, and are coveted today by collectors, players and luthiers.
This particular guitar is a fine example of Hauser's integration of the Spanish style into his own Germanic base. Sound is as one would expect - perfectly balanced with great clarity between voices. It is fitted with a "zero fret" which makes the open strings sound like the fretted notes - as all notes vibrate between a fret and the saddle which maximizes consistency of sound. It also has a rich, deep texture that gives it a unique lyricism and great beauty of tone. It also has an endpin in the bottom - likely original as there are many other Hauser I instruments from this period with this feature. The guitar has a striking appearance, most notably in the rosette which is extra ornate - instead of a central mosaic, this space is fitted with alternating MOP and black triangles. The head shape is in the style more typical of the Madrid school from the same period - both of these elements suggests a 'tip of the hat' to Manuel Ramirez, one of the makers who inspired Hauser's "Spanish" style.
It has cracks on the top that have been carefully and conservatively repaired - mostly with glue only (only one very small cleat internally). Apart from this, the guitar is in performance-ready condition, either for the concert stage or recording studio, or simply for a luxurious evening of private playing. Playability is a dream for both right and left hands. Truly a remarkable and rare instrument from one of history's most important luthiers.
Luthier Bio: Hermann Hauser