I have a Manuel Adalid 12 (cedar) and it's fan-braced (I believe). I think all Esteve and Manuel Adalid models are fan-braced, including the ones that incorporate carbon fibre (which I think are the 9 and 1A?) That would certainly makes sense anyway because they are Spanish guitars with a traditional leaning and sound.
Frankly, the carbon-fibre braced models don't really make sense to me. Why, if you are after a traditional-type Spanish guitar, would you buy something with such high-tech materials in it? It's a contradiction and wouldn't be to my taste. However, each to their own! Maybe I am just narrow-minded as I have seen and heard a 1A played at close hand and it had a full sound and was noticeably powerful/loud.
My 12 has a warm, full sound. I like it very much. It's not the slickest, easiest thing to play. As with many Spanish guitars of its kind, you have to show it who's boss (or try to).
I would personally prefer my guitar to any Cordoba. I don't really have experience of luthier models so can't really comment on your final questions.
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