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. Workmanship and materials on this particular guitar are outstanding. It features a piece of very aged spruce that has darkened to the same patina as one might see on a Hauser I built in the 1930's. The high-grade Indian rosewood used for the back and sides is stunning - indeed it has an almost "quilted" like appearance normally seen in mahogany, which we believe is the result of an aging process between the finish on the back and the resins and oils in the wood. Apart from one crack in the soundboard that runs from the bridge to the foot (which is very stable and well-repaired - and has been taken into pricing consideration), condition is otherwise excellent with very easy playability, and a loose, warm, played-in sound. The design is essentially the same as Segovia's 1937 Hauser I instrument so this guitar has the same timeless characteristics that have mesmerized players and audiences for nearly a century.