You're welcome, Yuri.
Make no mistake about it, I did like my past guitars made by Ana Espinosa, Frank-Peter Dietrich, George Lowden, Siegfried Eichhorn, and Paco Marín - all of them I had at the same time I had my first two Joie -, but at some point (in my case in 2006 - Joie's first braceless guitars were made in 2005 if I remember correctly), you need to make a choice and take the allround "best" one. I'm sure you know how much children cost... I've got two
Besides, this luthier is constantly looking for possible improvements, which I did benefit from on my 2008 spruce-topped 630, and now on my 2015 (July
) cedar-topped 630.
I also did like my wife's Bernabé and 2 other Paco Marín (1a and XXX anniversary)...
I mean, I am not just a "supporter". And if I hadn't known him, I would probably have ended up with the next great guitar on my test list, which is a John Price. Then a Gnatek, and so on...
And maybe I'll change one day, who knows? But for now, this luthier makes the best guitar I know.
I think there's somebody on the Spanish forum who has got a lower end Joie. Check there.
And Bordeaux isn't that far from Madrid. Australia is a bit further
In Madrid, you might want to go and see Angel Benito. He once made very good guitars with José Miguel Moreno (I tried like 5 of them, the most recent ones being excellent), but the latter apparently chose to work with Alhambra recently. I couldn't try/compare any recent high end Benito so I can''t comment on them.
My 2015 is Joie's top model with a bigger plantilla than his "standard" models (all are braceless). My wife has one of those standard models, a 2012 spruce-topped J. It was not my favourite, but she just fell in love with it and wouldn't listen to me... That J has a PU varnish and a lower action, so the dynamic is much lower than my 2015, but the overall qualities are there too.
I already sold my 2008, but it was a bit less dynamic, sustaining, and natural sounding...