US $.8800 Paolo Coriani '1952 Hauser' spruce 2016, Portland, OR

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US $.8800 Paolo Coriani '1952 Hauser' spruce 2016, Portland, OR

Post by Chris Sobel » Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:26 am

- Type / luthier: Classical guitar by Paolo Coriani
- Year of construction: 2016, delivered early 2017
- Scale length (mm): 650
- Nut width (mm): 52
- Top: Swiss spruce
- Bracing (fan/lattice/other): Traditional
- Back / Sides: Brazilian rosewood
- Fingerboard / (bridge): Ebony / Brazilian rosewood
- Sound: Deep, crystaline and old world
- Condition: Near Mint
- Price: $9800
- Viewing / trial possible: Yes, 72 hour approval period
- Location (nearest city): Portland, OR

This is a phenomenal guitar by Italian luthier Paolo Coriani which I bought a year and a half ago to study for my business. I went through a long process of playing 150+ guitars over several days to zero into the guitar I felt exemplified the very best of an old-world Hauser type instrument. This guitar is an acoustic copy (but not a visual one) of the later guitars of HHI which were the most 'spanish' sounding of his career, typically with very deep resonances. The sound of this guitar has to be experienced in person and is very sweet, crsytalline, and open sounding. The bass is huge but the trebles are very strong as well. Overall it has a special timbre that just draws you in. Paolo told me personally that this particular guitar is really the pinnacle of his Hauser studies.

The play ability is excellent with an easy action of 3.8/2.9mm at the 12th fret and .5mm at the 1st. There is plenty of room to raise or lower the action. The neck is a C shape and I feel would be good for a variety sized hands. Tuners are made for Paolo Coriani partly in China and partly in Modena. Although they are good, if the guitar sells in the first 48 hours I will upgrade the tuners to Schellers.

Woods are excellent with a Swiss spruce top and three piece Brazilian back and sides adorned with pernambuco bindings. The craftsmanship is really, really good--among the best I've seen. The condition is near-mint with only some very very fine finger marks near the high E.

Shipping: I will ship domestic next day air shipping insured for the full value through my company insurance for a flat rate of $100. International shipping will be quoted on a case by case basis. In the event of an international buyer I will have to apply for a CITES import permit specific to your country, so I can't say exactly how long it will take since every office is different.

I am selling this because I'm done studying it and have other areas that I want to invest in for my business. This is special guitar and I'm happy to see it go to someone who will love playing it! Please let me know if you have any further questions.

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Chris S
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Re: US $.9800 Paolo Coriani '1952 Hauser' spruce 2016

Post by David Gutowski » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:13 am

Beautiful instrument. Is there a video somewhere we could listen to?
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Re: US $.9800 Paolo Coriani '1952 Hauser' spruce 2016

Post by petermc61 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:24 am

Lovely guitar Chris. Good luck with the sale.

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Re: US $.9800 Paolo Coriani '1952 Hauser' spruce 2016

Post by Chris Sobel » Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:04 am

David Gutowski wrote:
Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:13 am
Beautiful instrument. Is there a video somewhere we could listen to?
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Hi,

I can post a clip in a few days when my friend comes over. Thanks!

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Re: US $.9800 Paolo Coriani '1952 Hauser' spruce 2016

Post by hatalap » Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:32 pm

Beautiful guitar Chris. I'm sure folks will be interested in hearing a sound clip. Also, how were you able to pay 150 guitars in such a short time? A festival or conference?

Good luck with the sale!

Paul

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Re: US $.9800 Paolo Coriani '1952 Hauser' spruce 2016

Post by Chris Sobel » Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:13 am

hatalap wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:32 pm
Beautiful guitar Chris. I'm sure folks will be interested in hearing a sound clip. Also, how were you able to pay 150 guitars in such a short time? A festival or conference?

Good luck with the sale!

Paul
Hi Paul,

I hopped between GSI and Trilogy guitars and played through their inventory. Maybe it was closer to 100... I lost count! One of the things that sold me on studying this guitar was playing it next to an amazing late 30’s Hauser as well as the (56?) Bream Hauser.

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Re: US $.9800 Paolo Coriani '1952 Hauser' spruce 2016

Post by Zen » Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:01 am

Hi, it looks from the picture that the G string is not secured behind the tie block, if so, a dangerous situation...
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Re: US $.9800 Paolo Coriani '1952 Hauser' spruce 2016, Portland, OR

Post by Zen » Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:18 am

Forgot to mention, beautiful guitar!
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Re: US $.9800 Paolo Coriani '1952 Hauser' spruce 2016, Portland, OR

Post by bushweek » Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:41 am

Very interesting guitar - good luck with the sale!

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Re: US $.9800 Paolo Coriani '1952 Hauser' spruce 2016, Portland, OR

Post by David Gutowski » Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:29 am

Thanks...let me know when you post a video.
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Re: US $.9800 Paolo Coriani '1952 Hauser' spruce 2016, Portland, OR

Post by Ledhand75 » Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:39 pm

That's a beautiful instrument. The spruce top is especially impressive. I'm very partial to Hauser style instruments. This one is very tempting. Unfortunately I have one guitar too many, as is. Good luck with the sale.

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Re: US $.9800 Paolo Coriani '1952 Hauser' spruce 2016, Portland, OR

Post by Echi » Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:21 pm

Coriani is a good friend with Enrico Bottelli with whom shared a lot throughout his career.
He is not so well known in USA but he is arguably among the best luthiers in Hauser style guitars.
Highly suggested.
Ps. A little secret of these luthiers ( Tacchi, Bottelli, Coriani) is their first quality Alps (Val di Fiemme) spruce.

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Re: US $.9800 Paolo Coriani '1952 Hauser' spruce 2016, Portland, OR

Post by Chris Sobel » Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:21 am

Echi wrote:
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:21 pm
Coriani is a good friend with Enrico Bottelli with whom shared a lot throughout his career.
He is not so well known in USA but he is arguably among the best luthiers in Hauser style guitars.
Highly suggested.
Ps. A little secret of these luthiers ( Tacchi, Bottelli, Coriani) is their first quality Alps (Val di Fiemme) spruce.
Thanks for some of the background Echi! These three luthiers do share a similar sound and I like them all.

I thought I would get a sample this week but my friend can’t come over till Tuesday so it’ll be a few more days.

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Re: US $.9800 Paolo Coriani '1952 Hauser' spruce 2016, Portland, OR

Post by zupfgeiger » Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:29 pm

Echi wrote:
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:21 pm
Coriani is a good friend with Enrico Bottelli with whom shared a lot throughout his career.
He is not so well known in USA but he is arguably among the best luthiers in Hauser style guitars.
Highly suggested.
Ps. A little secret of these luthiers ( Tacchi, Bottelli, Coriani) is their first quality Alps (Val di Fiemme) spruce.
As I know Andrea Tacchi a bit, I can add, that indeed these three luthiers are kind of friends and exchange their views on professional issues quite often. As for Tacchi's source of timber I can say that he is not buying his spruce in Val di Fiemme. According to Andrea Val di Fiemme is very much exploited by the timber industry due to its legendary reputation which is going back to the days of Stradivari. Instead he prefers a less known valley close by. But wherever Coriani chose the spruce for the top of this guitar - it's gorgeous. Must be a great instrument. Good luck for the sale.
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Re: US $.9800 Paolo Coriani '1952 Hauser' spruce 2016, Portland, OR

Post by Echi » Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:15 am

Hi, I know Fiemme’s valley as I’m often having holydays in that area of the Dolomiti Alps.
The thing is that in Val di Fiemme you may find shops specialised in the preparation and selling of spruce tops for violins and pianos. Obviously they charge more for their tops.
In the close valleys you may find the exact same wood if you are able to pick the right tree.
Tacchi learnt how to choose the best tree for his purposes and obviously get it in the close valleys but it’s virtually the same.
the people of the area may even be able to tell you how many torsion spins the tree did when growing up (according to his place in the forest). Tacchi goes there with an expensive tool called Lucchimetro to measure the soundwave speed through the wood and buy the whole log. This way he can get high quality wood with no runout. Fiemme’s spruce is the same species that grows in the German Black Forest but is lighter and sounds sweeter. .

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