After reading (yes, I did my homework - before posting this question ... like 'a good boy'
) the Yairi and Yamaha threads, I am curious about comparing the two
... and I hope that others might find the comparison interesting/useful, too.
While the threads were informative and seemed to not
have a bad word to say about either
the Yairi or Yamaha top-end offerings - other than volume-projection limitations, I was unable to conclude which, if either, might be a better choice.
As a post-career, remedial student, seeking cathartic, low-stress enjoyment, a concert stage will, likely, never see me on it.
Even if I ever did progress to concert-level, I would be more inclined to use a microphone and external amplification than to attempt to defy the laws of physical acoustics. To the engineer in me, trying to defy the laws of physics and acoustics ( Volume = 1/distance-squared ) ... via lattice-bracing, carbon fiber and double-tops etc. ... makes little 'sense', especially if such efforts compromise the tone and sustain-ability. I am more interested in nice tones, harmonics and bass timbre (within household air quantities) than volume-projection.
At this writing it looks like the Alvarez Yairi CY140 is about $1,400 vs. Yamaha GC41C about $1,600 ... the price difference, probably, not being a rational deciding factor in that price range. My understanding is that these are both cedar-top, low-volume, production-shop offerings.
If you have had opportunities to compare these two, I would be most interested and grateful to read your reactions and impressions.
Thank you for your thoughts,