Guitarhancock wrote: ↑
Sun May 07, 2017 7:50 pm
I would be interested in the opinion of someone who owns and regularly plays one of these two makers instruments. Their heritage is legendary and I have heard only recordings.
Hopefully someone other than a collector or a world class player enjoys them . Of course there are many other famous luthiers but these two are my interest.
How "good" are they from a players perspective? Simple or complex answers appreciated.
I happen to own both right now. A 1966 Hauser II and a 1977 Jose Romanillos. The 2 instruments are very different that they are almost incomparable. It would pretty much depend on your taste and of course as Aaron Green says, depends on which specimen you have. Let me try to describe the ones I have now.
The Hauser II I has a very warm, deep sound. It has this somewhat personal and intimate sound that is very enjoyable and addicting to play. Good separation but at the same time, very even across registers. I find it that this guitar really spoils the player in terms of tone, I find it very easy to get the sounds that I want and the guitar really sings by herself if you can understand what I mean.
The Romanillos on the other hand is a different beast. The sound is more focused and direct as opposed to the Hauser's velvety timbre. The trebles are brilliant and the bass has this Spanish growl. The thing I find interesting on this guitar is that it will not sound good on every player who uses it. It is much harder to control the sound because it is so sensitive to the slightest variation of attack. It is easy to get a full and round note but it is also prone to produce a thin and bad notes of you are not careful your with playing. It can be a disadvantage but for me it is quality. It just have this wide pallete of colors that you can produce with a guitar but it really takes time to get to know more on how to use it. I find the Hauser to be a deeper and warmer instrument but the Romanillos is sparkly and with a punchier gowlier bass. Depending on the playstyle, either of the 2 will suit a performer. I personally am more confortable playing on the Romanillos because the wider dynamic range and i feel that I can drive it more.
I hope that helps, I am not really good in describing instruments but I plan to record samples with both of the guitars to share.
Though if you ask me which old guitar is my favorite and would recommend, I would say neither of the 2 because my favorite old instrument that I have is my 1960 Ramirez PB. I feel it outclasses both guitars in terms of sound but is evened out by the playbility (I really need to consider rehauling the whole neck).
If you want a good video on how good a 1960's Ramirez sounds like, look up Enno Voorhorst playing Handel's Chaconne. If you are lucky, you can find something like that with a third of a price for a Hauser ii or Romanillos.