I played some Cordobas, Manuel Rodriguez, and Yamaha (nothing over the $500 to $600 mark). The Cordobas...meh, for the price point I was looking at they seemed to vary wildly within the same model. Spotty fretwork (i.e. fret wire had jagged edges all along the neck), muted tone from what seemed to be, most of the time, overly lacquered bodies and I kept getting hung up on the fact that all of them, at least at the time I purchased, were manufactured in either China or Indonesia. I am not opposed to buying guitars from the Asian market. I currently have an Epiphone SG Pro that is excellent for the price I paid. There are several, really good guitars that are made in the Asian market, particularly Korea, but it felt sacrosanct not to buy a classical guitar from any maker that wasn't Spanish or at least European. Yamaha guitars were good, especially for the price. The $100 - $200 range is what I would have purchased If I were on a strict budget or buying for my kid. Very reliable, quality wise...long term ownership, I don't know. I only played two Manuel Rodriguez and both were quite good. I played a C12 model that had a solid Cedar top and Sapele sides with a really nice satin finish, almost matte. The C12 had a fantastic tone and was around $400 at the time. I also played a more expensive C11 with solid Cedar top and Bubinga back and sides. Really nice tone but not as much warmth and projection as the C12, possibly because of the lacquer. I also considered Cremona guitars (never played), made in Bulgaria. Ultimately, the only reason I didn't choose one of these models was that the neck used a dovetail joint (scour the internet, there's plenty of banter). The 104BC was purchased sight unseen based mostly on scattered reviews I read in guitar forums. Small workshop/factory, skilled Luthiers, beautiful result. Vito Genna with Sam Ash was awesome! Great communication and excellent customer service. I will definitely buy from this company again.