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Dear guitar aficionados, This weeks newsletter features a bunch of highly inspiring and lovely guitars. Roy Fankhänel sent us a gorgeous instrument with a lush cedar top new from his workshop. We also received an amazing and brand-new guitar from the talented young...read more
Julian Alexander Bream was born in Battersea/London and grew up in a very musical family. His father, Henry George Bream, played jazz guitar and the young Julian Bream was impressed when he heard music by Django Reinhardt. He was encouraged to learn piano, but also...read more
From 1875 his father Josef Hauser built zithers, guitars and violins in his workshop and also worked as a music dealer and composer of zither. Hermann Hauser I started to make zithers as a pupil of his father. Like his elder sister Marie, who became a lute and guitar...read more
Josef Hauser (1854-1939) Josef HauserJosef Hauser was born the son of an innkeeper in Burghausen, attended grammar school there and trained as a merchant and carpenter. During his apprenticeship, Josef Hauser also trained with the then famous zither teacher Jospf...read more
A long time ago a guitarist asked Cristina: "How did your father get you both to continue the tradition? My son doesn't want to continue, he prefers to take another path". The answer was none other than "having had freedom of choice and support in decisions about our...read more
Born in Madrid, she began her apprenticeship in the workshop in 1976 under the guidance of her father. He had to stop his instruction during the period in which he was training in other disciplines, which would later help him to carry out his work in the company. He...read more
José Enrique Ramírez García (José Ramírez IV) was born in Madrid in May 1953. In 1971 he entered the workshop as an apprentice at the age of 18 and in 1977 he reached the rank of first officer. In 1988 he took over the management of the business together with his...read more
In May 1922, José Ramírez Martínez was born. He began working in his father's workshop at the age of 18; and although he did not enjoy any privileges, he was soon admitted as a first class officer and soon began to experiment to further develop the guitar as a concert...read more
In 1885 José Simón Ramírez de Galarreta y Pernías was born. He grew up in his father's workshop and learned the trade with him. As well as being a guitar maker, he was also a guitarist and at the age of 20 he was hired to go on a two-year tour of South America. He had...read more
In 1864 Manuel Ramírez de Galarreta y Planell was born in Alhama de Aragón. Although the family's habitual residence was in Madrid, their father's profession led them to reside there for some time. Manuel learned from his older brother (José Ramírez I) the trade of...read more