I adore my Esteso. I hope the warranty concern resolves as much as I appreciate my guitar.
I was fortunate enough to find a store with a variety of instruments for me to play. Each summer in Boston there is 'GuitarFest'. A nearby dealer participates in the dealer exhibit. So, they try hard to have a bunch of guitars for that show. The weekend after the show, I visited to the store and spent several hours playing several guitars. I was able to play a Torres, a Hauser, a Rodriguez, Esteso in Spruce and Esteso in Cedar, a couple of C12, and a used custom made instrument. Of the instruments I played, the Cedar Esteso spoke most clearly to me. It was so nice to have a variety of instruments to choose from.
I understand and appreciate your comments about the condition of the instrument. The first ding always hurts the most, but, at least if it is my own