I live at Cascais, near Lisbon, and, back in 2014, I decided to drive some 700 km up to Madrid to buy a guitar at Guitarras de Luthier. Everything was previously arranged by e-mail (in English). As I had put a ceiling on how much I wanted to spend, they proposed some three or four guitars for me to experiment while at the shop. They were quite helpful. During around three hours I was alone and surrounded by wonderful instruments in a quiet place they have for this purpose. I played them all and, eventually, selected an Hermanos Camps Master with a cedar top, a guitar with a wonderful sound and solid traditional Spanish construction. I'm quite happy with it. Now, I could have ordered a guitar without going there and they would have sent it to me by express mail to Cascais (or elsewhere around the world, I guess), but I was not prepared to buy such an expensive instrument without playing it first and compare it with similar ones.
1972 - Kuniharu Nobe #8, 658/51, Spr, IN RW, Tokyo, JP
1979 - Ryoji Matsuoka No.40, 650/51, Ced, IN RW, JP
2014 - Hermanos Camps Master Nº 3, 650/52, CA Ced, MG RW, Banyoles, ES