I recently bought a Martin D1E because I didn't want to spend more than a $1000. I played the D18 and D28 and really couldn't justify spending the extra money for the little difference in tone. A few weeks after I bought the Martin, I picked up a Gibson Song Writer. WOW!!! what a difference. It's a bit more (on sale for $1999) but I'll not make the same mistake again. I am now saving for the Gibson and will use the Martin for boat anchor when that day comes. If anyone is in the same financial situation as I was, take my advice and just wait, save you money and buy the Gibson. You'll be happy you did.