"A forum member told me Avalons sound like larrivees...i was wondering what kind of bracing is used on them"
LarrivÃ©e and Avalon do have something in common soundwise, especially the Gold Series. Both have a rich, balanced and fairly bright sound. The neck feels similar on both guitars. However, I sold a LarrivÃ©e to buy an Avalon, and never regretted it. The Avalon sounds fuller, especially in the upper registers, is louder and more responsive. The bracing is different : a Gold Series Avalon has an A-frame in the upper bout and a double X in the lower bout. I noticed that the upper legs of the lower X pass under an arch in the lower legs of the upper X (is that still clear
) so they're not in contact with each other. I suppose that allows the top to move more freely. Sounds great and seems very stable. Maybe one of the reasons (along with the 2-piece neck and great tuning machines) why the Avalon stays in tune longer than the LarrivÃ©e. An Avalon Legacy has a different kind of bracing bracing (see their website).