I had a great time at the Miami GFA. I was there two full days and didn't expect it to be so intense. The first day I barely had time for lunch and did manage 5 minutes to pop in the vendor area right before it closed, just get an idea of the lay of the land. The second day, I skipped part of finals of the senior division and stopped by the vendor halls again. Then I realized there were actually two vendor halls and therefore headed to the one I didn't go to before. There were some guitars there but the majority are strings and sheet music. I talked to the Strings by Mail people as I was excited to see thy are now carrying Guitarlift. Then I realized that the last day vendors close early at two and I ran out of time again.
I headed back to the first vendor area and saw Mr. Byers there. The previous day Zoran Dukic gave an amazing concert with a Greg Byers guitar. I talked to Mr. Byers, gave him my sincere compliments on his guitar from the previous day concert and inquired about his waiting list, which is about a year. I also asked him if he still makes fan braced guitar, and he explained that now he uses two fans to make a lattice which was on the guitar I heard playing by Zoran Dukic. He offered me his guitar to try but I didn't take up on it. After the two days spent at GFA, I realized what I needed is 5,000 hours of more practice before even thinking about another guitar
What souldier said about convention was also very true. It was so noisy, I wonder how can anyone hear what the guitar really sounds like. I guess if people are really serious about purchasing there, they probably will find another quite area somewhere else once they narrow down their choices.