I just found what I feel is a fair deal on a D12X1AE 12 string HPL back and sides. Went ahead and bought the guitar becasue the deal includes a Mono Sleeve, which I was already considering for my main 6 string Guild. Just wondering if others here have some real world experiences with the current run of budget Martins. Over the years, I have tried a couple, owned a few several years ago. All with some success. The benefit seems that no matter what, they all seem to carry the trademark Martin boomy tone. Setup will be a consideration, being a 12 string, it will take a bit longer to dial in, but being mostly HPL, I suspect it will be very durable and stable through the seasons.