My name is Daniel Epp and I am new to these forums. I have played acoustic guitar for about 2 years and the classical guitar for a bit less than a year. Though I'm not too big of a fan of "classical" music in general, I really enjoy playing pieces written for the classical guitar (the ones I can for that matter). I've recently saved up enough money (~$1500) to make my first "big" purchase of a classical guitar. I currently play a Cordoba C5-CE which is an entry level cedar top guitar I got over at Guitar Center. I really like the tone that the guitar produces, but I would like to move up to the next level. There is a really nice Classical Guitar shop here in Tucson where I live, but when I walk in, there is such a plethora of instruments in my price range that I really don't even know where to start.
I was wondering if the members of this forum could give me some ideas of good instruments/manufacturers in this price range to look at? What features should I be most concerned with? Moreover, what are the primary benefits that instruments at this level offer over the instrument I currently possess. The salesman at the store is a professional classical guitarist/teacher and is very helpful, but I hate to just take salesmen at their word without consulting a few other sources.
If this question has already been posed a million times, please forgive me and throw me a link.