Please read my 3 days return policy at the bottom of the page.Hiroshi Tamura C150 1972?Hiroshi and Mitsuru Tamura, since early 1960s, were making superb quality flamenco guitars that easily challenged guitars made by the most famous Spanish luthiers. Just like many other Japanese luthiers, Tamura brothers have learned their craft during their stay in Spain in late 1950s.Although Hiroshi Tamura was making exceptional quality classical guitars, his flamenco guitars are especially treasured by professional players around the world. Because his flamenco guitars often sound much better than guitars made by Jose Ramirez workshop, Hiroshi received a nickname “Tamirez”. On Japanese secondhand market Hiroshi’s flamenco guitars are priced much higher than his classical models. The same rule applies to guitars made by Mitsuru Tamura.During mid1960s Hiroshi was giving his guitar models quite heavenly names: Venus, Jupiter, Sirius, Meteor to name a few. Since 1968 they were labelled as C models. I believe that this guitar was made in early 1970s. At any given time C150 was Hiroshi Tamura’s highest flamenco model. However, it is very unlikely that this model (priced 150 000 yen) was made prior to 1970. Until 1969/70 the very top Japanese classical models made with solid Brazilian Rosewood b/s sides were priced maximum 150 000 yen, while very top flamenco models were priced no more than 100 000 yen. Just to imagine true value of this instrument, one must compare it price with starting yearly salary of Japanese college graduate at any given year. In 1965 it was 19 600 yen, in 1969 it was 34 600 yen, in 1970 it was 39 200 yen, in 1972 it was 62 300 yen and in 1975 it was 79 200 yen. Judging from its cosmetic condition, the condition of the neck, fingerboard and frets I believe that this guitar hasn’t really been played much. It certainly was stored for many years, perhaps in someone’s rather dry closet. During that prolonged storage, in surely dry conditions the soundboard has cracked in 2 places (see pictures). After rehydrating the woods of entire body, I have repaired both cracks using glue applied from the top. After the repair guitar was played frequently to test the repair. Since nothing happened guitar is posted for sale. Besides these 2 scars (repaired cracks) there are also few scratches on the soundboard located under the strings between both tap plates. Strangely enough the back and sides don’t show any dents or scratches and look nearly new. Besides couple light capo marks the neck looks great too. So does the headstock. This guitar plays easy and sounds fantastic. It is super light and highly responsive instrument. It’s sound can be described as between traditional and modern era high end flamencos. When played gently it sounds sweet and lyrical. When played harder it produces raspy flamenco sound at good volume, with moderately deep, very metallic/rubbery basses and ultra-clear glassy trebles. All notes are well balanced, with moderately short flamenco style sustain. When the chords are played one can hear a good bit of wonderful overtones. These are the attributes of very high-grade flamenco guitars played by flamenco masters. I need to emphasize that this guitar will not satisfy a player who needs a loud (usually boxy sounding) instrument to accompany flamenco dancers. This guitar is not powerful enough. This guitar will satisfy a player of Paco de Lucia level, a master player who skillfully uses all flamenco techniques and cares about every bit of extra response, greater note clarity and separation. Such player knows well that volume is the enemy of note clarity and separation. Its action is set to 2.50 mm under E6 and 2.50 mm under E1 with no extra room on the saddle. Specifications:Top: Solid Spruce/cashew lacquerBack & Sides: Solid Japanese Cypress/clear lacquerNeck: MahoganyFingerboard: EbonyBridge: RosewoodScale: 660mmNut width: 52mmHardware: Rosewood pegsOriginal friction pegs are working perfectly if used properly. It certainly takes some practice to figure out how operate them. After strings are tuned, these pegs must be pressed in to stay still in their holes. Guitar will be shipped in lightly used hard shell case. Real Value of Japanese Vintage GuitarsThe key to understand value of vintage Japanese guitars is to acknowledge galloping devaluation of Japanese yen in 1960s & 1970s. This devaluation was somewhat slower in 1980s. The best measure of this devaluation is Starting Yearly Salary of Japanese College Graduate (SYSJCG).SYSJCG in 1965 was 19 600 yen, in 1969 – 34 600 yen, in 1970 39 200 yen, in 1972 – 62 300 yen, in 1975 79 200 yen, in 1977 85 200 and in 1980 – 100 000 yen.During 1960s and most of 1970s model numbers of Japanese guitars were strictly interconnected with their prices in Japanese yen. In late 1970s and during following decades model numbers were no longer strictly associated with their prices. Many Japanese guitar makers introduced model names instead of model numbers. Others were still using model numbers with addition of letter abbreviations or other symbols. The best and only logical approach while evaluating real value (real grade) of vintage Japanese guitar is to compare its price in Japanese yen with SYSJCG during the year guitar was made.Any guitar priced 100 000 in 1970 (labelled usually as No10) would be priced 200 000 yen in 1975 (relabeled to No20 or 2000), 300 000 yen in 1977 (labelled as No3, No30 or 3000). Starting in 1977 Masaru Kohno introduced his model No50 priced at 500 000 (skipping theoretical model 40). Soon other famous Japanese luthiers did the same. By 1983 Kohno started using model names instead numbers and was raising their prices as he was pleased. Naturally soon other Master luthiers did the same.Knowing all of that, you can bet on that Masaru Kohno No50 made in 1982 is practically the same quality as Kohno No15 made in 1972, or Kohno no20 made in 1975 or Kohno No30 made in 1977. I know it for a fact.The lowest grade models currently made by Matsuoka workshop are M75 and MH75. They are commonly considered as “beginner guitars”. Matsuoka model M30 made in 1973 is simply far, far better instrument. It is naturally better than model M50 made in 1977, model 80 made in 1982 or model M100 made in 1990. At present, the highest grade Matsuoka models are M300 and MH300. They absolutely stand no chance in competition with model M150 made in 1975… or model M200 made in 1977. It is very important to mention that if modern era luthiers are using 40 years old woods to make a classical guitar, its price is at least $8000. ReturnsIf you are not happy with your purchase you may return the guitar for a full refund of original payment less any shipping charges. All you need to do is:1. Notify me within 48 hours after receiving the guitar. 2. Pack guitar the same way I do it, using the same box and materials and ship it back to me within 24 hours after “return notification”. Naturally if you expect to receive a full refund, guitar has to be returned in the same condition as I ship it to you. P.s. If you’d like to check my “modest” playing skills click on the links below: