I had never heard about Avalon.
To be sincere, my dream since I was a teenager was to own a Martin guitar. All my idols used them.
Now I'm 46. My old Ibanez (Jumbo, from '77) had a serious problem some time ago and I decided to buy 'my' Martin.
I went into the shop and had the chance to test a lot of guitars from I don't know how many brands. Even Martin.
But I tried this L32 Avalon, and I fell in love immediatelly. Brilliant sound, strong, with soul...
At the end I came home with an Avalon guitar in its case, while the Martin ones stayed there, at the shop.
I think it's been a great choice.
Regards and Happy New Year.