Jake, you mentioned Loriente Clarita. A little more than one year ago i bought a Clarita from USA at $1660, shipping costs to Norway included. I bought a spruce version, since I already had a cedar Alhambra. I can't praise my Clarita loud enough. If you run a search on this guitar on this forum, you will notice that everyone speaks well of her (yes, her , not it), and she has been compared to guitars twice that price. So if you go for Clarita you will get a most wonderful guitarat a very reasonable price, and personally I would recommend the spruce version. But THAT is a matter of taste, personally I like the sunny colour of spruce better than the darker cedar. Good luck!