Calling to all Ramirez Players for your input on this subject and clarify on the Ramirez bracing design throughout their models. I believe this has not been raised yet in the forum and any input would be valuable and enlightening.
I am inclined to purchase a Ramirez guitar and I have played models from their low range (Studio) up to Conservatorio and SPR which I believe is among their intermediate level. Now I know that there are a few bracing patterns devised and I may not be very accurate at describing them (please correct me if I am wrong) but here goes. The Anos/Del Tiempo models have the traditional six fan bracing system but is rear shifted from the soundhole a certain extent and there are lesser braces making it a lighter guitar, as compared to the NAE/NE guitars which have the original non-shifted bracing and original design which makes it heavier. The SPR/Conservatorio have some eight fan strut bracing system that is a different design completely. As are the unique bracing systems, is also the difference in tonal qualities of these guitars. I think that the A1 has the same bracing design as the NE models, which design has been left the most 'un-touched' to honor or stay true to the original design of the 19th century and the key difference really being the premium woods used that give the A1's a more refined voice, but other than that, the NE line is the series that harnesses sound closest to the A1 because of similarity. And yes, I know many will say that the A1 of the past is not the A1 of the now so on and so forth that is really alright I just want something that takes after the A1 in tone I do not need the exact sweet tone of the A1, and unable to finance their top-shelf instruments. If the NE line were to come the closest, that would mean the 3NAE still in production.
To my understanding, Amalia has made so many 'improvements' in so many models; including the top shelf, intermediate, and lower range studio models except the NE/NAE I think. But improvement is subjective some like it some don't. I just can't help but feel that these improvements move away from the traditional Ramirez sound. For example, some of the newer implementations make the Ramirez's sound warm and responsive but are so so so bright and responsive with a bell-tone. My idea of the Ramirez, as per its tonal origins is dark, mellow, large bass, warm and responsive. The Anos is a perfect illustration here. It sounds so bright especially in the upper registers that it really steps out of Ramirez tone territory a little (Not a 100%), but a lot.
I can't help but wonder if the fan base for these newer designs and tone really understand what the Ramirez tone is supposed to be. Amalia seems to be moving into a brighter tone territory that is, I don't know characteristic of some other brands with bright sounding guitars and I think fans of Anos etc, are inclined towards the modern Ramirez sound instead of the traditional Ramirez sound. To those who feel the Anos has the Ramirez sound please explain how this is so as I find the model way too bright especially above the 12th fret it sounds so bright, thin, plinkish and jarring that it sounds artificial and painful. In the lower frets it is bright as well still moderately acceptable but in higher registers it suffers (for myself only) can't say about others. The NAE/NE sounds warm and matured even after the 12th fret and appears to retain the Ramirez sound the most out of the studio models. Some of the top-line models are also bright but some models are warmer and have an older sound and yes I know each guitar sounds different but the bracing systems do play a huge undeniable role.
Are people liking the current bracing 'improvements' done by Amalia really actually liking the modern Ramirez sound instead of the old sound (NAE/A1)? I have played various models and I do prefer the traditionally voiced Ramirez
No one has ever raised this, so I thought this thread might be interesting.
Do share your opinions, and please correct me if I was wrong about anything mentioned.