Hello. I'm new to this board, but this seems as good a place to jump in as any. I'm the owner of a Lowden O10c, kind of an 'entry-level' Lowden.
Having made the decision to step up to a quality guitar, I sat in a guitar shop and played everything I could get my hands on - Taylors of all stripes, and even a Langejeans (sp?). Prior to this, I'd played a Taylor owned by Brett Williams, as well as Bob Bennett's Lowden. So I was interested in a Taylor, but open to anything. When I'd played them all, it was the sound of the Lowden that called me back, and that's the guitar I ultimately walked out with.
I believe the real answer to your question is that there is something of a herd mentality with people, perhaps that is why the Lord refers to us as sheep. From what I've seen of sheep during my stay in the UK, that's hardly a complimentary term!
For example, when I tell people that I ride a motorcycle, people automatically assume it's Harley. In fact, I ride a Honda Goldwing, because it fits my needs and tastes, and I find it to be a superior machine in every respect that matters to me.
There will be some who buy Taylors and Martins because they've compared it to the Avalon and genuinely prefer it. But I suspect that the bulk of them have never bothered to pick up an Avalon.
I'm always getting compliments and inquiries about my Lowden after church, and believe me, it's not because of my playing!
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on 13 Sep 2005, 13:00, edited 1 time in total.