I was at the pro-shop on Dec 27 to try out a few in the new/used classical guitar and went back with one
-if you read my recent posts, you'd know which one
I was looking at the Sakurai No. 5 in early December. They can ship it to me (5-hr drive from Toronto) and I have 48 hrs to return. However, I'd not want to buy a guitar without trying it out first, and that I'll spend some time after X-mas in Toronto anyway. So, the arrangement is that I need to pay for it first to put it on Hold, when at the shop I can return for a full refund. This is a better idea when later I was advised by a good member in this forum to try out as many other as I can while at the shop.
Thus, the No. 5 was the first to try, if I need to return it on the spot. Not sure if it is love at first sight, but I like its sound right away (at the time with old strings, still good in a small, closed room). Then, I reached out to the advertised RA Estudio Model I (or 1?), both spruce and cedar, I thought I like the sound of the cedar better, but it was hard to say if I like their sound over the first one try. Then, I kept on trying a few other more expensive than my budget and/or exceeding my skills level. Yes I tried the Alhambra 7P, prefer the No. 5, also the 130 Anos, 4NE, they all sound good, the 4NE seemed to have boost in the midrange, but definitely louder. My bro-in law who owns a RA R4 was with me for this fun trip from Vaughan, and was listening in. In the end, he concurred that not just the budget (of the No. 5), but its sound is really something to keep, or I can't go wrong with it. It is in the near mint condition with signs of slight finger nails scratches on the sound board, but not deep to show on a photo. But apparently the best part is that it was well played, which would explain its balanced sound, good separation and clarity.
Later when I asked Grant, the owner, repairer since 1977 at the shop, he explained if I was not sold by the sound of new and more expensive guitars, most likely because they need to be played a lot for the sound board to open up. He mentioned some kind of devices he put on the guitar strings to keep them vibrate, presumably to break in new guitars (?).
So, to Laudiesdad69, I did not part with the RA Estudio Model I (strangely they won't ship these to the US due to their contract with Ramirez, price after Boxing week went back up to CAD 1599), rather the one I pre-purchased.
Thanks to all replies! As the year is very new, Have a wonderful happy playing guitar New Year!