He seems to be the most well known, but I personally haven't been drawn to their sound profile based on the ones I've played. I'm a bigger of of some of the other vintage Japanese makers like Matano, Takamine, Nakade.... I've also played some Yamaha Grand Concerts that I liked. But in the end I don't care much about pedigree, I just care if I am drawn to the instrument!
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