John, there may be some truth in your suggestion. My Avalon has been getting to grips with Martin Simpson songs of late. I have only recently begun to explore his stuff in detail and am looking forward to seeing him in Bristol in March, followed two days later by Preston Reed at the same venue, though however inspiring the latter is, I know my playing limitations!! Have just restrung the guitar with D'Addario DADGAD "True Mediums" and so far so good, though I'll have to give them a while longer to make any real judgement - at the moment it could be just new strings, as opposed to the old dead ones.
As for the lack of posts, where is everybody? Maybe I'll start a couple of threads similar to what is usually fairly active on the Collings board - might inspire a few to post. However, I do almost feel embarassed to post these days - check out just how many sub-forums I have the last post on.