Philosopherguy wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:40 am
There is that Sicca's video of Marcin Dylla playing a beautiful 1924 Hauser though that looks very spanish. So, Hauser must have been making spanish based instruments earlier than the late 1920's. One of the members here actually told me he once had a potential opportunity to buy the guitar that Dylla is playing in that video.
But, this guitar that is being auctioned does look like the Viennese model. Too bad! For that estimate I would have been interested in a spanish model!
What you say is certainly correct. His work on a Spanish guitars started earlier, I seem to recall around 1920 but I can't recall where I heard this. I think he gradually introduced Spanish build as I have seen posts of samples of his guitars from that time that had aspects of both German and Spanish design.
When I said they were coming to the fore by the late 20s I meant that he was starting to achieve the sound he would become famous for, and was starting to get the recognition for it.
I can add to your list of people who were interested in that 1924 Hauser. I was in serious discussions about acquiring it also. I did not proceed for two reasons - a bit of boxiness to the midrange (which seemed to disappear in his later Spanish guitars) and the fact that the action was fixed by applying a thicker fretboard that was not cut uniformly thick over its length. In consultation with Hermann Hauser III he indicated that it would be better served by a reset of the neck ie pull it apart, fix the geometry issues permanently and put it back together again. Unfortunately the cost to that was about the same as getting a new Hauser III (about €15,000, since he estimated to time and work the same as building a new guitar). In retrospect I think I would have done that but the boxiness in the midrange just didn't appeal. Instead, I am waiting to win the lottery so I can buy a mint 30s-40s version......