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Old 03-08-2018, 07:55 PM
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I'd buy two, 000-15sm and a 00-15m. 15 series are the best all mahogany for the their price.
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I'm right there with you, yes on the 00015sm, but I would substitute out the 00-15 for either a 00-17s or 00L-17.
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Rather than answer your question directly, I would do this. I would contact Maury at Maury's Music or Jon at My Favorite Guitars, let them know my interests and past experiences with other brands as well as the type of music I enjoy, and let them make some suggestions as to what is available in that price range.

You have a lot of Taylor Grand Auditoriums according to your sig. Do you want more auditorium style guitars from a different maker, or do you want to go another body type, or wood type? Do you play fingerstyle, flatpick, or strum? Jazz, country, rock?

Does the history of the people who have played Martin have any influence on you? If you like Clarence White and that D-28, then you may not be satisfied with a Joan Baez orchestra size.

I would reach out to Jon and or Maury instead of taking recommendations from a bunch of unknown strangers who probably have an entirely different reasons to like or dislike Martin guitars.

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I used the pronoun “you” twice in the OP because I really did want to know what each of you would purchase as your one and only Martin acoustic. The question was not intended to ask “What should I purchase?”
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What would you get? Let’s assume a budget of $3000....
HD28V or D18
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Had a D-18, sold it
Had a D-28, sold it
Had a 000-28, sold it

But since I hypothetically have 3 grand to spend I would find the best sounding D-35 around. Not sure how long I would keep it, considering my past history with Selling Martins.
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I would try to find a custom D-18 exactly like the custom 000-18 in my signature below.
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Used HD28. Then I would have enough left over for what ever pickup I wanted, plus some cash for other things.
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I think if you have an itch to put a Martin into your stable of GA's, I would go with a new 2018 D-28 (or HD-28) or a D-18. Both classic guitars with modern necks that would be easy for you to feel comfortable with coming from the Taylor camp. Many of the older guitars and traditional players enjoy the feel of the modified V neck that comes with many of the Martins that name ends in V like the HD-28V signifying the vintage series, many of which have that neck shape which is a far cry from a Taylor neck. I do not have any Taylors but I like Taylors thinner neck shapes so I leant toward the new Martin standard line that use the Modified Low Oval which is a slimmer, less extreme than the mod-v neck shape.
Don't get me wrong there are people that only want the Martin V shape like many people like the much older Fender or Gibson Les Paul beefier necks (baseball Bats). But Many people lean toward the newer more moderate shaped MLO necks. It has been such a success for Martin that most of their new guitars are being built the MLO neck.

Anyway you cant go wrong with the Martin D-18 or D-28 which are the Mahogany and Rosewood solid wood (non-laminate) that are the basic guitars that Martin's lines are built on.

I bought a D-18 when I first wanted to dip my toe into the Martin pool. The guitar is as good to this day as it was when I bought it many years ago. I now own several very good brands & shapes - some of them very pricey. The D-18 compares well with all of them. Probably the best valued guitar I have ever bought.
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Totally depends on your body preference.

I have a wonky shoulder and can't tolerate dreadnoughts, so my one and only Martin is a 00-size.

I can curl up with that thing all day!
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I’d love a 000-18 as my first Martin...but can only afford a 000-15SM , purchasing next week. [emoji322]
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I'm thinking I would get a straight braced D-28.
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Last year I bought my first Martin, a new HD-28. Love it. Look forward to playing it every day.

Now I really have my eye on a 000-18. I like that it is Mahogany and a bit smaller and a little better for finger style.

Gotta pull the trigger soon!!!

I'd say the D-18, D-28 or HD-28 you can't go wrong. Call up Maury and get a good deal!
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Martin D18 would be at the top of my list.
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The way I answered this exact question last year was by going out and playing 30 or so Martins. All the usual suspects ... D18, HD28, D28 Marquis, D35, OM21, 3 OM28, OM-28 VTS, new and used EC, 5 OMJM, 00-18, 000-18, 0M-18 authentic, used Kingston Trio, etc etc etc. I came home with a fabulous OMJM, which barely won an A/B with the OM-28 VTS. Doing the same thing today I'd also try out the new J40.

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I would go used, and get this: Martin Special Edition OMJM John Mayer Signature Orchestra Model ~ Unplayed!https://applink.reverb.com/item/1059...model-unplayed
I paid less than that new.
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Either a new D-35 or a used D-18GE
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