Jose Ramirez 1a Elite Cedar/Madagascan Rosewood 2015
Back and Sides Madagascan Rosewood
Width at nut 52 mm
Scale length 65 cm
The House of Ramirez has for many years (since 1882!) constructed the finest quality classical instruments played by many of the world's top recitalists including the legendary Andres Segovia, Narciso Yepes, Julian Bream, Xuefei Yang, Alexandre Lagoya, Christopher Parkening, Kazuhito Yamashita, Liona Boyd, Laurindo Almeida, Alirio Diaz, Jose Luis Gonzales, Antonio Lauro, Oscar Ghiglia, John Mills ...
This superior Elite model, as played by Chinese virtuoso Xuefei Yang, is a prime example of Ramirez' talent. This one, marked number 217, is in almost perfect condition - there are few barely-perceptible, tiny nail marks on the bass side of the top, but the condition is otherwise completely as-new.
The tone is everything one might expect, with great powers of expressive variety. The range, while clear and with excellent separation, sacrifices none of the richness of colour typical of a fine Ramirez; projection and volume, as might be expected with an instrument of this quality, are superb.
The Conde Hermanos Felipe V is a wonderful instrument. It sounds even better than it looks. I feel very lucky to have it in my collection.
Thank you so much.
Xuefei Yang, Chinese Concert Virtuoso
It is always a pleasure shopping at The Classical Guitar Centre. Great range of goods and friendly, knowledgeable service.