I buy a new acoustic only evry ten years. Last one was a Breedlove that I spent $1000 on. I set a $2000 budget and started the intense shopping process. If your reading this review you know what I mean. I've always wanted a Martin but I did my due diligence and played everything out there I could lay my hands on. The Taylors are nice but sometimes I would pick up a $3000 714 and didn't sound as good as a $1200 214? I narrowed it down to the D16E, GPC 16E or the OM Cherry. Went to Sam Ash in Hollywood since they had all three models in store. No pressure chill sales guy pulled 'em down and 30 minutes later I was walking out with the D16e. IAt first I had a bit of buyers remorse. "Did I settle for less just cuase I wanted the Martin name?" But every day the guitar got better and better. Sometimes my son and I just sit around and stare at it and talk about it like it's a person. There are 12 guitars in my house now. I was going to sell the Breedlove but it's a person now too and you can't sell people. I don't remember the chill dudes name at Sam Ash but thanks.
Thousand Oaks, CA