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For the record, I own a 000-28 Custom Authentic Aged and it's quite amazing. The top, bracing, thinner top and finish all contribute to make this a winner. Easily the equal of some higher-priced smaller shops like Bourgeois and Santa Cruz.
Ok, Martin does vary top thicknesses, but not on the same model. For instance, the Authentics have a thinner top (and thinner finish) than the Standard models. But all Standard D-28s will have the same top thickness.
Braces vary by model as well.
Neck resets on a Martin that old is not bad design; it's normal physics and time.
I had a 74 D-28 that required the bridge to be moved, as it was off a full 1/4". I didn't have the huge RW bridge plate replaced, but maybe should have. The neck angle and relief were still almost perfect after...
I bought the Vault 2 a couple years back. It's expensive for sure, but does rip and store CDs. Playback and streaming both high quality.
I also have the small Bluesound Pulseflex wifi speaker (which is excellent-sounding BTW).
The app can sometimes go wonky and drop the Vault or Pulseflex from...
So, BobbyBigBucks drops a bomb, then disappears. The congregation erupts, but he watched silently from the sidelines.
Why the HE** would someone think a manufacturer should offer a comparable price over a number of decades given the change in fixed and variable costs is just ludicrous.
The Node should be able to access your digital music files. I have the Vault which also has this capability (but I don't use it).
As posted in other threads, I am cost-conscious but will buy equipment I believe to be worth the cost. I set up a decent 5.1 system of Sony HT amp, Cambridge Audio S30 bookshelf speakers, Velodyne sub, Parasound in-ceiling surrounds.
We realized we don't watch movies that have the big booms nor...
I had a 5.1 sound system, but at one point decided to simplify. I bought the best Sonos soundbar and sub.
Ugh; the simplest receiver / bookshelf / powered sub sounded FAR better, louder, better volume and separation.
Returned the Sonos stuff. I guess I don't get the hype.
I did simplify the...
I'm most certainly a skeptic concerning snake oil claims.
That said, I purchased these speaker cables with the full intent on returning if they didn't deliver. They did; I found them louder and more articulate than anything else I'd tried.
I decided to simplify my system big time. I'd had a TV, 4k DVD player, CD changer, home theater amp, 5.1 system with Velodyne sub and Cambridge Audio separates and center, Parasound in-ceiling surrounds, using the B speaker outputs for my porch speakers, all run through a Harmony Elite remote...
I'll add my thumbs-up to Bluesound; mine is the Vault, which allows you to rip and store CDs in FLAC files (high quality), as well as the streaming capabilities of the Node.
I got a free trial to TIDAL when I bought the Vault, but it didn't knock me out as I was expecting. Sounded good, yes, but...
Finally realizing I don't play electric enough that it's time to - finally - sell off my beloved 65 VC. Proceeds will fund a small-luthier acoustic. So, no trades will be considered.
65 VibroChamp, OJ tube sticker stamp. Excellent condition, new 3-prong plug, gone over by my tech recently and...
Selling my very recently-purchased (May 2020) Custom Shop Tele in faded white blond. It may have 5 hours' play time on it. As mint as one could hope. The case came with a couple minor dings, but overall excellent condition.
I am selling to fund a pricy small-luthier acoustic and find I just...
OP hasn't replied to what type of music he plays, nor his preference of fingerpicking / strumming. That may answer the question easier.
I might consider a custom shop 000-18 or OM-18 with Adirondack and Sinker Mahogany for that $4k budget. Here's a great option, and even under max budget...
It's a simple dovetail, as opposed to the full dovetail joint of any standard (series 18 and higher) Martin
One could argue that simple dovetail is fine, but you are paying a much higher price for a bit of bling and a signature.
For that price you could have a custom shop Martin with scalloped...