I am a quality guitar guy (Taylor / Martin) but have never been able to afford any of those until later in life. I own two Taylor's and wanted to try a Martin on for size. The difference is staggering when it comes to tone. Not better or worse, just very very different. This Martin has excellent flat picking tone and resonance that I have not experienced with my Taylors. Sharp, crisp, clear notes every time that I use the pick. I can see my playing growing by focusing on my flat picking. I think my Taylor's will continue to be my go to guitar for strumming and back up, as that's where the resonance of a strummed chord really explodes out of the sound hole. Overall, the investment in this guitar to force me to grow as a guitar player in flat picking makes this a perfect selection for me.