I've owned Martins that were just "ok" and some that were great so I'm not sure I'd buy a guitar because someone said it was better than their Martin. That being said, I saw the Furch guitars at the music store on the square in Mountain View last weekend. I always swing by there to kill some time and test drive a few guitars during the bluegrass festival weekends. Had never seen or heard of them before. Took one off of the wall, think it was a herringbone dread, and the first thing I noticed was the quality of craftsmanship. Good wood, attention to detail, nice looking guitar. Played it for a few minutes and put it back on the wall. Didn't blow me away but sounded pretty good. Checked the price tag.....$2400. Thought of several other imports that sounded as good for a lot less cash. Just my opinion of course, your ears may hear something better.