joshuanorman wrote: ↑
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:40 am
Hi all, I'm looking to buy my first classical (after years of playing electric and steel string acoustics). Available to me locally are an 80's Takamine c134s, a Taylor crossover and a couple of Yamaha laminate top student models. The takamine to me seems nice – plays well and sounds good, the Taylor is super easy to play but sounds a bit dead and the Yamahas are very quiet and a little dull sounding. If I buy local the Takamine seems like a no-brainer. I guess my question to all of you is this - is there an advantage to buying a low end new guitar online vs the old Tak? A Cordoba C5 or the cheaper Yamaha solid tops is what I assume I'd be looking at. Any other brands at the super low end of the solid top pool that I should be considering?
How much is the tak going for? I currently play a 1978 Takamine C132S. If the one you found sounds anything like mine, I'd definitely choose it over any Cordoba. I've played a Cordoba C9 for several years and it was a fantastic guitar and is probably superior in terms of playability and volume with a deeper bass response, but the tak just has a more refined, mature and beautiful tone which may be partially a result of its age. In fact, I'd choose my tak over many instruments costing thousands more. It would be really hard for me to make any judgments of the 80's tak you found without being able to play it however. If the tak is your best option locally and you like it, I'd pull the trigger rather than buying blindly online.
It would be a lot more helpful if you could share your maximum budget as well.
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