I have played piano for many years and have only recently picked up the guitar. My musical taste includes both rock-n-roll and classical/baroque.
I started my search locally for a nylon string classical guitar by trying some 'student model' Yamahas. While these were nice instruments at their price point, I could feel the inevitable 'guitar price creep' happening. I tried a Cordoba C3 and the C5 in both thick and thin versions. Both sounded more 'flamenco' than 'classical' to me. I was about ready to discount the Cordoba brand..... and anything else under $1000, until I picked up a C7. I was in awe. However, I really liked the cutaway version. I also went to the Cordoba video postings on a popular Internet site. Cordoba posted a video of one of their staff playing a C5CE and another of a C7CE. Same person, same music material, different guitars. Fair comparison. Again, my ears told me the C7CE sounded much more to my liking.
I also wanted some expert advice. Enter my Sweetwater sales engineer Jay (x1288). He has helped me pick out several other guitars and amplifiers in the past and has an excellent understanding of my requirements. He recommended the C7CE over similar priced brands. He pointed out that this model is hand-built (yes, in China, not my preference). However, he stated that to have this level of build quality and tone, it would be necessary to step up to something costing closer to $2-$3K.
Although Sweetwater had other guitars at the C7CE price (and lots more), Jay suggested that I hold out for their next shipment of C7CE's. He could have sold me something else in stock for a quick sale, but didn't. That says something for Cordoba product quality and Sweetwater's integrity. Jay offered to select one and try it out after the 55 point inspection to ensure all was well. Imagine my surprise when I got an e-mail from Jay with pictures of the guitar a full week before their expected shipment delivery. That's customer service.
I also bought (at Jay's recommendations) a Cordoba HumiCase hard case. While this guitar does come with a gig bag, I would only use it to move the guitar from room to room. An instrument worth buying demands a nice case. Jay pointed out during our discussion that buying the case at the same time extends the normal Cordoba 3 year warranty to a Lifetime one. (Confirmed at Cordoba web site when I registered it.)
So, let your ears be your guide. Play-ability is excellent, sustain is incredibly L-O-N-G and the intonation is spot-on. Finish is absolutely superb. Buy one from Sweetwater and see what I mean.