Pavan TP-20/TP-30 Vs Cordoba C9

Bsandesh
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Pavan TP-20/TP-30 Vs Cordoba C9

Post by Bsandesh » Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:48 pm

hello,

I recently purchased a Cordoba C9 Cedar for about $800 out the door.It has rosewood fingerboard and mahogany back/sides.
Even though it was made in China and not in Spain, the guitar is very good , with the right action, good tone and great looking as well.
Yesterday from this very forum I heard about Pavan guitars and they have classical guitars TP-20 and TP-30 which are made in Spain.
TP 20 costs about $1400 and TP 30 costs about $1800 with case/shipping etc.
I want to go with a guitar which will last me for a long time.
I still have a 30 day return period for my C9, so is the TP-20 or TP-30 worth the upgrade? Even the TP-20 costs about $600 more than the C9.
How is the C9 compared to TP-20/TP-30?
Does anyone have or tried both and which one would they recommend?

Appreciate your inputs.

Thanks,
Sandesh Balasubrahmanyam
"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"- Leonard Cohen
Yairi CY70
Cordoba C7 Cutaway

hatalap
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Re: Pavan TP-20/TP-30 Vs Cordoba C9

Post by hatalap » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:32 pm

Hello Sandesh, I own both a C9 and a TP-30. Both are nice guitars. My preference is the TP-30. You might also find a Yairi Masterworks CYM-75 or a Navarro student model in about the same price range also very nice guitars. I also recently played a Hanika in maple, I think it was a 52 that has some nice tone but their 58 would likely be a better guitar.

Have fun!

Paul

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Re: Pavan TP-20/TP-30 Vs Cordoba C9

Post by tednovak » Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:01 pm

I've played a tp30. I don't know of a better " factory " guitar because it's really a hybrid , a luthier worked top on a factory body. You may be able to find a used luthier guitar in that same Range that sounds better ,if you dig a bit and try them.
Greg Byers spruce/Indian
Richard Reynoso cedar/Indian

Bsandesh
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Re: Pavan TP-20/TP-30 Vs Cordoba C9

Post by Bsandesh » Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:46 pm

Ok,Thank you.Only thing is the price , TP-30 will cost about $1000 more (case, shipping etc) than what I paid for my the C9.
The price factor for C9 is appealing, but may be overall TP-30 is a better guitar.I found C9 very refined.I was learning Torija today morning, and I could make the big difference in the refined tone of the notes compared to the my C7.
I wish I could try TP-30 and make the decision if I need to spend the extra $1000..
"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"- Leonard Cohen
Yairi CY70
Cordoba C7 Cutaway

PeteD
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Re: Pavan TP-20/TP-30 Vs Cordoba C9

Post by PeteD » Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:48 pm

There's a Pavan TP-20 on Reverb for $800 and listed in very good condition. No affiliation whatsoever with the seller. But if it were me, I'd buy that one up and try it out at home versus your Cordoba and see what you think. Return the Cordoba if you like the Pavan better, or keep the Cordoba and re-sell the Pavan. Even if you lose a few bucks on reselling the Pavan, you know for sure and potentially not spend too much money for a great guitar in either case.

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Re: Pavan TP-20/TP-30 Vs Cordoba C9

Post by Bsandesh » Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:08 am

Ok, Pavan also has the 7 day return policy, tempted to try the TP-30.The rosette on the TP-30 is so beautiful with greenish tinge.
Pavan himself says on his website that Tp-30 doesn't sound signifcatly better than Tp-30, unless at the hands of an experienced musician.
I still have 40 days return policy left on he C9, so far I am liking it.
"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"- Leonard Cohen
Yairi CY70
Cordoba C7 Cutaway

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