Thanks for your responses, they were very useful. In regards to playing the luthier's instruments, I don't have that luxury as I am currently working and living in China. My only option is to listen to audio/video files as well as read the reviews of his instruments. This issue added to the fact that i'll only be in the UK for two weeks, leaves me with little time to get my affairs in check as well as find the correct instrument. So, for this reason I am trying to get as much information from the web and forums before making a decision. The issue is also that there are no little to no classical guitar shops near me, so I have no option of even testing out a few instruments.
I do however know what I am looking for and I have explained it to the luthier who says that he will be able to create a similar sound. It really is a difficult situation, which I find myself in. I have a budget of around 3000GBP and after searching all the usual places in England (London guitar studio, Ivor Mairants, Kent guitars, Nugent guitars, Classical guitar centre), I still am not convinced by what is available for my budget. I want an instrument with a "darker" sound, but still have balance and retain clarity. Ramirez instruments fit into this but I can't afford an SPR model and I feel that paying 2750GBP is too much for a 4NE. There are other options such as the Alhambra Linea Professsional, Felipe Conde CE4, Burguet 1a, Yulong Guo (cedar), Pappalardo S1, but I am not sure if they are the best value for money, especially if for a little bit more money I could get an instrument made to the specific sound I am looking for (that's what I am told by the luthier).
So there's the issue.
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