Hope you are all doing well!
After much research and debate, I finally bought a new guitar, a 2016 Cervantes Hauser Concert from David Conti at Reverie Classical Guitars! Best purchase experience ever! David had endless patience for all my questions and emails, was incredibly cordial, and a wealth of knowledge. I had played a Cervantes at another shop while traveling for work, but was leery of purchasing a guitar online without actually playing it. David's insight and advice were most helpful in boosting my confidence and selecting the right guitar. Further, the price was fantastic and Reverie has a 48 hr trial period that all but removed any risk of a bad purchase.
As for the guitar...WOW! Alejandro Cervantes is a luthiery genius! It is a phenomenal instrument! It completely surpassed all my expectations. I was leery about buying a guitar without having played it, but it is absolutely perfect! The sound, the feel, the aesthetics are all awesome! David had sent me a series of high res, very clear, high quality pictures, but the guitar is much more impressive in person! The fit, finish, and craftsmanship inside and out are superb! The only thing better than the aesthetics is the sound!
During my search, I played and listened to several different guitars. Each one presented some form of compromise, a choice… loud basses or tinny trebles, clear trebles or muffled muddy basses, smaller body or bigger sound, etc. The Cervantes was the only guitar that did not require any compromises! Sweet clear trebles, loud warm basses, and an unbelievable balance between the two! A thinner, smaller body with a huge sound. The resonance and sustain are fantastic! Super smooth and accurate tuners, compensated nut and saddle, a sleek neck profile with jumbo frets, and a 12 hole tie block all just add to the value!! I can’t say enough!
Although I am a fan of Esteve, Giambattista, Hill, etc...after this purchase, I am convinced that Alejandro Cervantes provides the absolute best value on the market! Simply phenomenal! I have no idea how he built this guitar as well as he did for as little as it cost! I'm dumbfounded! Very appreciative, but dumbfounded! The search for my next guitar will definitely begin, and probably end, with Cervantes!
If you are considering a Cervantes Hauser Concert, and have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know!
Last edited by Paul Nicholas on Sat Dec 24, 2016 1:50 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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