Definitely try Kent's. I would just try a bunch, including ones over my price range. If there is one that really speaks to you that is above your price range, I'd try to find one used or directly commission from the luthier. When testing instruments, try not to be swayed by the maker, price, looks, etc. and you could very well find a guitar that really moves you that fits well within your budget. Sometimes a lower priced instrument performs better or comparably with one many times its price. You can always ask the owner of the shop to point you to what he feels is the best value for your budget and that should help you to narrow things down.
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