I've had my Walden D710 for some time now and really love the combination of Engelmann spruce and Indian rosewood. I've just bought a Walden CG530 with western red cedar top and rosewood back and sides and I'm struck by the huge difference in tone between the two. The D710 is precise and clear, almost bell like......but the CG530 is dark and bassy, and sounds like it's smoked a good many quality cigars. I've spent the whole afternoon playing each guitar for a few minutes at a time just to hear the differences between the two. Fantastic!!
I had the opportunity to play a D710 awhile ago, and I, too, was struck by the Englemann Spruce/Indian Rosewood combination - and I like your description.
Your D710 has a solid back as well, whereas the CG530 has laminate back and sides. Cedar vs. Spruce and high gloss finish vs. satin finish completes the differences - oh, and the D710 is a dread, while the CG530 is a Grand Auditorium.
I'm glad you like what you have - I don't think I've ever heard a cedar/rosewood combination - I'd like to...
Here's a few pics of your guitars:
I think cedar is typically a lot darker sounding than spruce. Some folks like that and some don't.
I, personally, find the Grand Auditorium body to be more comfortable to play. How do you feel about this? And, do you feel that the Grand Auditorium has any less projection or volume than your dread?
I'm still undecided about the relative comfort of playing Grand Auditorium as opposed to Dreadnought. I find that the increased width of the lower bout and the narrower waist appear to make me more conscious of the crook of my arm being raised higher than it would be with a dreadnought. I think that for me at least there is not a lot in it in comfort terms. I have a Washburn WF10S folk size guitar which has the same size upper bout as the GA with a narrower lower bout and less depth and that is extremely comfortable to play sitting down. Unfortunately it has neither the tonal qualities or projection of either Walden.
In terms of volume and projection, I think that the D710 beats the CG530 but not by a great amount. Of course I'm ignoring the fact that the D710 has heavier gauge strings than the CG530 but that's probably a whole different ball game.
I'm with you, especially when sitting. Standing I don't notice a whole lot of difference. Just looked on Walden's site and the GA is 1/8" wider in the lower bout and 1/4" thinner in depth. To me, the shallower depth makes a bigger difference in comfort. I do think the GA (at least the Walden version) gives up a little bass response compared to my two non-Walden dreads.