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Hello,

I'm selling my 19th century guitar Ussano, Napoli, 1858.

This guitar is an original and have been restored by Sinier & De Ridder.

It plays very well and sounds beautiful. The sound is typical of the sound of italian 19th century guitars, very generous. It's the most beautifull 19th guitar I've played (end I tried a lot of 19th century guitars).

This guitar has been used professionnaly in concerts and recordings. I'm selling it because I'm not using it anymore.

You can try it in France, in the city called Tours. I can also meet you in Paris if you are very intersested.

I ask 3500€ for this one, it's a good price.

More details, informations and pictures on demand by private message.

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Any romantic Guitar should be just as easy to play as any modern Classical Guitar. Perhaps slightly easier given that many play with slightly lower tension strings and shorter string length.

The 'action' should be the same (perhaps very slightly lower) - 4 mm on the bass E and 3 mm's on the high E.

The basic Fretboard geometry on a Romantic Guitar and that of a modern Classical need not be any different.  

Thank you for your help. Maybe you can help me further... :)

Are you able per chance to describe the sound quality of a Stauffer 8 string. Like the one that Scot Trembly makes.

I've heard recordings in youtube but somehow I don't trust the recordings that much because a lot is dependant on the microphones.

I'm grateful for any help.

Best regards,

John

Scott is probably better placed to answer that. 

Going by recordings alone is fraught with danger. There are a lot of variables - the Player mostly. The room, recording equipment and any post production all make comparisons extremely difficult. Going by descriptions is probably even worse! 

Having said that, as a very general and rough guide: The small Stauffer (61 cm sl.) seems to have that often used term 'Piano like'. I think that describes how each string (or note) harmonises when playing chords. They all seem to blend extremely well. That's my overriding impression of the Stauffer. The Panormo is  closer to the modern Classical Guitar sound but not as heavy sounding. The Lacote a little bright and 'woody' sounding, perhaps more descriptive of the wound bass strings. 

I'm sure others will have their thoughts on the traits of the Stauffer et al. I've zero experience of the 8 string. 

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