This past week I started researching and playing reasonably priced acoustic guitars. I have a Takamine F360S that I bought new in 1978 and still love. But the girl is getting a little older and I like to save playing time on her for special occasions/motivation. I had purchased a new Epiphone Hummingbird Artist about six months ago for a grab and go acoustic. With some GC reward bucks I had accumulated, I was able to get it for $80 out of pocket. But although it played nicely and sounded OK, there was just something missing in the tone...I just didn't get much inspiration when playing it. So yesterday I took the plunge and got a new Martin DX1AE. I was able to trade in my Epi (which I got $25 more dollars on than I paid for it) toward it and got an additional 10% off the price on the GC trade up program. Now the tone on this guitar DOES inspire me. I compared it to Martins, Taylors and Gibsons costing 2-3 times more, and the DX1 held its own against them. I got some good playing time with it last night and this morning, and just finished setting it up and putting new strings on it. As part of the setup, I sanded the saddle and got the action from 4mm at the 14th fret to 2.8mm on the low E. Now she plays like butter and sings like an angel!