Sorry for the slow response; I stumbled into the bike season and completely lost track of the forum. Walker makes a nice instrument; I purchased a cedar top but damaged the finish, with sloppy and inappropirate polishing. Johnny offered to redo the back for $50 but I decided to swap for a spruce top. For a few hundred dollars more (!), he built a very nice instrument, adding Ruck-style ports for me, at no cost. He is also very productive, probably as productive as Hippner. Darren offers more models and produces a somewhat cleaner French polish. My Walker is on a par with the standard spruce/Indian rosewood Hippner guitars I've played or owned. The special Hippner's - a Bernabe with elevated board, sound ports, and truly outstanding old-stump Brazilian and a lattice braced, spruce top, also with outstanding Brazilian - are in a different class, altogether. They also cost a lot more. Each is superior, in my view, to the Hauser '37, by Hill, which is still a fine instrument.