Is it so easy to build my own Hauser?

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Is it so easy to build my own Hauser?

Post by sniggl » Sat May 22, 2010 7:34 pm

Hi,

Is Ray Reussner a luthier? How he can built such an wonderful instrument ( ok he is also really an excellent guitar player) , if he is not a luthier?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao0O2aQT ... re=related

Maybe you know more about Ray Reussner.

Thanks

Stefan
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Re: Is it so easy to build my own Hauser?

Post by Erik Zurcher » Sat May 22, 2010 9:44 pm

Don't confuse a Hauser copy with a real Hauser. Anyone can build a copy. I own a Fleta copy. Nice guitar, but nowhere near a real Fleta.
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Re: Is it so easy to build my own Hauser?

Post by sniggl » Sat May 22, 2010 11:09 pm

I thought it is not so easy to make a really good copy of a Hauser, which also sounds like a Hauser.
Anyway I like the sound of Reussners Hauser very much , better than for example Gerhard Oldiges Hauser I have listen to on Kentguitarswebsite:

http://www.kentguitarclassics.com/recordings

And Gerhard Oldiges is a very experienced luthier and makes one of the best Hauser style guitars as I read on Kents Site.

If this is the first guitar Ray Reussner has built than he is really very talented.
( Maybe its the recording , but for me it sounds gorgeous : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI0nITqb ... re=related)

I just thought it is a long process to build a really good guitar.

But maybe he is a luthier. I just dont know.

Stefan
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Re: Is it so easy to build my own Hauser?

Post by Anthony Campanella » Sat May 22, 2010 11:35 pm

Hi Stefan!

Considering lutherie? Good luck with your efforts :)

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Post by Adam S. Vernon » Sun May 23, 2010 2:23 am

sniggl wrote: If this is the first guitar Ray Reussner has built than he is really very talented.
( Maybe its the recording , but for me it sounds gorgeous : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI0nITqb ... re=related)
I guess you didn't read the description of the video you linked. He says that it's his 14th guitar.

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Re: Is it so easy to build my own Hauser?

Post by sniggl » Sun May 23, 2010 5:48 am

AdamX wrote:
sniggl wrote: If this is the first guitar Ray Reussner has built than he is really very talented.
( Maybe its the recording , but for me it sounds gorgeous : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI0nITqb ... re=related)
I guess you didn't read the description of the video you linked. He says that it's his 14th guitar.

AAhhh..... :D Thanks!

@Anthony : No I am not planning to build my own guitars :lol: I was just curious about this guy!

Stefan :bye:
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Re: Is it so easy to build my own Hauser?

Post by ucdcrush » Wed May 26, 2010 12:18 pm

I wish I knew more about Mr. Reussner, but from what I've gathered.. he used to build (maybe still makes) "Reuer" guitar cases. I think he constructed his house or a cabin in Oregon. And apparently now he makes guitars. I would say that makes him an experienced woodworker and now a luthier.

I am glad he is getting more exposure on youtube now, and I think he may be in communication with the person who runs sologuitarist.net . If I remember right, I think I saw one of Mr. Reussner's guitars for sale through the sologuitarist guy.

I first heard Mr Reussner playing 15+ years ago on the ARTS channel, he played Bach's Siciliana and the Fugue in Am. Every piece I hear him play becomes my favorite rendition of the piece, he's my favorite player, I only wish there was more of him to hear and watch on video. I contacted the ARTS channel to see if I could get a copy of his videos, but they said they were "not available", and I can't find my old VHS tape where I had recorded them. :(

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Post by Pepe Vergara » Wed May 26, 2010 7:42 pm

This whole thing was lifted form a website that I just forgot:

When he was eighteen, Ray Reussner walked through a music store that was playing a recording by Andrés Segovia. He was stopped by the beauty of the guitar being played in a way he had never heard before.
"When I first heard Segovia I was captivated. I knew then...I wanted to emulate those wonderful sounds."
He returned the next day and bought his first classical guitar. Weeks later, he enrolled at the Kansas City Conservatory of Music and was surprised a month later when his teacher introduced him as his finest student. Months later, only nineteen years old, with a few words of Spanish and the address of a guitar maker in Madrid, the young Reussner set out for the Iberian Peninsula. He had been told that a Spaniard, José Tomás, was one of the world's finest guitar teachers. He found Tomás assisting Segovia at his summer Master Classes in Santiago, Spain, and spent the next year and a half under his guidance.

"At first, I had little idea of the right path, but when I look back now, it would seem fate was guiding me to exactly where I was supposed to be."
The following summer, he was selected to participate in master classes directly under Andrés Segovia. Over the years, he performed in five Segovia classses and was chosen to be one of the subjects of a PBS documentary about the 1965 Segovia Master Class. "When you played for Segovia, he'd start conducting, and sort of singing the music beneath the level of the guitar. You could feel his musical genius flowing into you."
He was then chosen to be one of six students to study with John Williams at the Royal College of Music in London and won the Jack Morrison Guitar Prize, awarded to the top student. He then attracted international notice by winning the prestigious Premio Guitarras Ramirez and the Premio American Guitar Foundation in the Concurso International de Guitarra at Orense, Spain.

"My own personality and ideas have come to bear when I interpret a piece, but the magical times I spent with Segovia always guide me."
After returning to the United States, he was asked ( at the age of 22) to join the faculty of the Kansas City Conservatory of Music and later he joined the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he taught for seven years. He performed in concert all across America, including the Lincoln Center in New York, to great critical acclaim. And then...he ceased performing publicly.

"When I was a student, I thought I was blessed with a natural technique, but I became dissatisfied with the sound and began changing everything. It became too painful to play in front of an audience until I could achieve the sound I was after."

With his wife, Sylvia, and son, Christopher, he moved to Southern Oregon, built his house by hand, and practiced in solitude for nearly a decade. Now Ray Reussner has resumed his concert career and his music has brought him standing ovations once again.

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Thanks for bringing this artist to the forum. I head him before and thought he was wonderful, but never followedup with his music. I will do that now.

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Re: Is it so easy to build my own Hauser?

Post by jfdana » Thu May 27, 2010 2:20 pm

Without offering any opinion on the merits of either guitar (not having had the opportunity to play them) I would be VERY careful in evaluating a guitar's sound from an internet clip as there are just too many variables (e.g., relative wetness or dryness of the eq, mics and pre's, player's ability, your listening equipment).

Human nature being what it is, we all are tempted to believe what we hear.

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Re: Is it so easy to build my own Hauser?

Post by Bill » Sun Jul 06, 2014 2:36 am

I have one of Ray Reussner's guitars. It is #9 built back in 2001. It has a Spruce top, Indian sides & back, and a French polish finish. The guitar is very cleanly built & does have the dry Hauser sound. Yes, I would definitely say he is indeed a luthier.

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Is it so easy to build my own Hauser?

Post by petermc61 » Sun Jul 06, 2014 2:48 am

Bill wrote: The guitar is very cleanly built & does have the dry Hauser sound.
Curious. I would never have thought of the sound of a Hauser as 'dry'.

Peter
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Re: Is it so easy to build my own Hauser?

Post by choro » Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:12 am

Years ago there were discussions in some German forums that Hauser guitars sounded deep but the treble should be very clean and neutral and dry.
...everybody in this forum from that time on, believed this and writes this in following threads.

Some time later I went to an concert where the artist played an Hauser 2 and the complete opposite was my impression. The sound was very noble, basses were really deep but the treble was really clear but also warm and rounded with a really nice timbre . A great guitar...

Same was told me from Kohno .

So don't trust any generalisations that a guitar from Spanish builders sound always warm and mellow, Japanese guitars are always cold sounding and German guitars are always neutral. This is nonsense and guitar racism.
Every guitar is unique and you have to judge by your own ear and taste...
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Re: Is it so easy to build my own Hauser?

Post by Bill » Sun Jul 06, 2014 2:24 pm

After growing up playing Ramirez guitars, I bought a (1977) Hauser back in the late 80's. It was a great guitar, but very different than what I had come to know. The Ramirez sound had big basses, mids, and thick round trebles. In contrast, the Hauser was much more even across the entire range. The fundamentals were very strong. It was a demanding, accurate, and unforgiving guitar. The Hauser gave you exactly what you put into it & it took work to make sound good.

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Re: Is it so easy to build my own Hauser?

Post by adamk » Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:23 pm

The videos of Reussner playing at the mission were some of the vids that really inspired me to get into playing classical. The Venetian Boat song, Op 19 no 6 is still one of my all time favorite pieces to listen to.

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Re: Is it so easy to build my own Hauser?

Post by Bill » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:35 pm

Agreed. Those Youtube recordings of Ray are excellent. I still have and regularly play the guitar he built in 2001.

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