This seems to have become a Yamaha Hug Fest, so I better throw one in for Yairi. If you haven't played them, you will be very surprised (I used to own a CG-41). I have a 72' CY-140 (Kazuo Yairi, top of the line) and also a '68 Y850 (Sadao Yairi, top of the line). They are both instruments that any classical guitarist would be pleased to play to a room of 100 people... very balanced and dark, beautiful trebles with the right strings, not loud but excellent projection.
Before you turn noses up at laminated back and sides, do a lookup here on the luthiers forum. You may be surprised to learn back and sides contribute little to the overall sound, and there are significant advantages to laminates in terms of stability of the instrument. Laminated was good enough for Ramirez, eh? Many of todays top luthiers build with laminated back and sides. As always, it is the quality of the builder and the material that makes the difference (GOOD quality laminates should not be confused with plywood). Yairi makes BEAUTIFUL soundboards (responsible for 90% of the sound), and clearly understood the secrets of the wood. The fact that the B/S are Brazilian is of consequence only in regard to aesthetics... gorgeous, rich, beautful woods.
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