Hi Ted...I just recently got the itch again after 6 or 7 months of not picking up my guitar...I'm with you, man...Sounds like a really nice Taylor that you purchased...I have a Taylor Big Baby, which is a 3/4 size acoustic with absolutely HUGE sound and bottom end for a smaller bottomed guitar. My wife bought me the guitar as a gift back in 2008, after she accompanied to a music store, and i had a hard time putting it down. I absolutely love that Taylor. A really cool thing happed with it over the period of a year or so...FRom keeping it in the case, the top color changed really nicely from a standard natural color to a reddish, almost mahogany tint, the low end seems to get "boomier" with age....Seriously, you won't be dissapointed with yours..enjoy it, grow old with it...and play, play, PLAY....
Well, I went for the "cheap" Taylor. I bought a GS Mini. a mere 500.00. Nice little axe. It's a small-bodied instrument with laminate sapele sides and back and a solid top.
The reviews on this are all glowing... I played this one at Guitar Center and was pretty much knocked out by the sound compared to the other 500 dollar-range guitars I tried.
Taylor seems to be doing a good job.
A few years ago, I placed a classified ad in the local paper asking if anyone was looking to sell their acoustic guitar. This is pre-Craigs list days. I received a call from a gentleman saying he had a Taylor 810 that was is very good condition he was looking to sell, he said he was hard up for cash. So long story short, I was able to purchase this nearly excellent condition 2003 Taylor 810 for $900---steal of a lifetime! What a beautiful guitar! I have never looked back and often still can't believe I own such a great sounding and playable guitar for only $900!! Long live Bob Taylor.
Hey Ted..Congrats on the Taylor!!
I've owned my 414ce for about 5 yrs. now and I'm still in love with it! I've got a few other various acoutics, but the 414 I use all the time, especially for recording. I've never tried another Taylor that was a 'step-up' (514,614,etc.), so I can't comment much on that. All I can say is play that Taylor 'till it becomes part of you!!