26. For which style of instrument are makers Hermann Hauser, Ignacio Fleta, Masaru Kohno and Greg Smallman known?
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They are all classical guitar makers of great renown. Hermann Hauser I (1882-1952) was, and is still, considered to be one of the greatest luthiers in the history of the instrument. His company produced a wide range of stringed instruments, all impeccably constructed and used until 1970, by Andres Segovia, one of the greatest guitar players in history. Ignacio Fleta (1897-1977) started working in Barcelona in 1927 and was known for his wide waisted instruments and for his habit of varnishing the inside of his guitar bodies with the aim of 'brightening' the sound. Masaru Kohno (1926-1998) was a Japanese luthier who started building instruments in 1948. In 1960 he studied guitar making in Spain under the luthier Arcangel Fernandez and set up his own business in Tokyo in the late 1960s. Steve Howe of British progressive rock band 'Yes' is a high profile user of Kohno instruments. Finally, Greg Smallman is an Australian builder with an impressive reputation for innovation and quality. He is one of the very few builders to use composite materials in his instruments, often with an extremely thin soundboard. The virtuoso player, John Williams, is a user of Smallman guitars.