Anton Hofmann ~1860 Viennese guitar in Stauffer style – outstanding sound qualities!
Anton Hofmann (* 2.6.1815 Vienna, † 14.7.1871 Vienna) was a famous instrument maker in Vienna.
Hofmann was a student of the famous Johann Martin Stoss, who was the imperial royal court violin and lute maker in Vienna.
Hofmann continued the business with his widow after his death. In 1844 he bought the company, which was still called “Stoß & Hofmann” until 1854.
Like Stoss, Anton Hofmann was an imperial royal court instrument maker, which was noted on the labels in all of his instruments.
Anton Hofmann is known for his outstanding work in instrument making and his guitars are extremely popular.
This guitar was very expertly built using very high quality materials.
One piece maple back, Stauffer style height adjustable neck, highest quality Stauffer tuners, subtle ornamentation – plus impeccable and masterful craftsmanship … all this makes this guitar a very noble instrument.
Moreover, the guitar also has a larger body than normal romantic guitars. It is certainly a masterfully crafted instrument that has been played by a professional musician in the concert hall.
The measurements in detail:
Scale length 605 mm
nut width 42 mm
Body length 430 mm
Width at the upper bout 255 mm
Width at the lower bout 320 mm
Width at the body waist 195 mm
Depth at the upper bout 70 mm
Depth at the lower bout 80 mm
Depth at the waist 75 mm
The maple used for the back and sides is of outstanding quality. The guitar also has a very fine spruce top. The guitar is inspired by Stauffer’s guitars.
The condition of the guitar is fantastic and it plays very easily with a straight neck and low action.
The guitar sounds precious and immediately impresses with a very complex tone. The basses are deep and the trebles are smooth, lively and colorful with great expressiveness.
As soon as you play the guitar, you have the impression of merging with the instrument, because the sound is very touching, this guitar arouses deep emotions and you can literally feel the notes jumping out of the instrument.
In any case, a romantic guitar at a very high level, with which you can authentically revive the music of that time.