NICE STORY. Thanks Michael for share it.
So here is a brief true story about how I obtained my 1974 Ramirez 1a:
In the 1970's the importer was Sherry-Brenner in Chicago. I used to go into their store and play the Ramirez Classical guitars, however could never afford one as a 15 year old. There was one in particular that I was fond of and its serial number was 8086. At one point it was sold.
Fast forward to the mid 90's, and I went into the same store to see what had changed and to play some guitars. Jim showed me a few Ramirez guitars he had in stock, and one of them was my old favorite serial #8086. It had come back as a trade in. This guitar played and sounded better to me than other classical models I had tried. It was still out of my price range so I kept going in, to just be able to play it. I asked the owner of the store if he would consider a lower price. He declined. Finally it had been sold again. Being disappointed but never stopping in my pursuit of having a Ramirez, I went to a different store and but an R3. This guitar was fantastic for a student model.
Moving on to 2015, my wife and I moved to the Nashville area. One day I walked into Gruhn Guitars and was casually trying a variety of guitars without any plans to make a purchase. I noticed a wall toward the back with about 15 classical guitars hung up on an angle facing me. As I walked toward them I recognized one of them about 15 feet away and stopped dead in my tracks. I thought, it couldn't be. As I very slowly approached this beautiful guitar, I looked inside the sound hole, and yes!… it was serial # 8086. I very slowly pulled it down and started to play it. It felt the same as it did the other times I had played it. It was in great condition with no repairs or cracks. I sat there in disbelief. This time, I was able to afford it. My wife and I purchased the guitar at a very affordable price. I contacted Ramirez and verified that it was, in fact, built in their workshop, and they also gave me the name of the builder who built it under Jose Ramirez III.