Beautiful sound & construction, perfect for smaller players!
I recently started studying classical guitar after years spent playing steel string in a much less academic attitude and approach. I chose the Cordoba C9 Dolce (this year it's been renamed C9 Parlor) due to its smaller size (body is 7/8) and slightly thinner neck (just under 2", non-radiused) and smaller scale (630mm)---great for gals like me with smaller hands. I didn't want to start out my foray into classical studies with a total beginner type model, so after much research decided on this higher-priced guitar to start out with good sound and quality in construction. I was hesitant to buy a guitar without seeing/hearing it in person, but I took the risk and was not disappointed----I loved the guitar right out of the box and after a month, she's become a cozy friend.
First of all, the Cordoba C9 Dolce/Parlor comes with a well-made case with a built-in humidifier thingy that's easy to maintain. The guitar itself is lightweight, the finish (French polish) is beautiful but quite fragile (my advice is to be sure to put a cloth at the far side of the bridge when changing strings, in case you break a string and it snaps the finish--uh, like I did!). The factory-set action was neither too high nor too low; I prefer lower action so I filed the bone saddle slightly the first week; wanting it even lower but not wanting to sacrifice the original Cordoba saddle, the third week I got a Tusq replacement saddle (Classical/Low, compensated) and filed it lower, did a very minimal adjustment of the truss rod and voila---perfect for me. The neck played straight and true before I made all the adjustments, and played just as well after I fiddled with the saddle---no buzzing at all on any string/fret, in tune throughout. The sound of the guitar itself if very sweet---cedar-top mellow, warm, the basses resonant and the trebles clear and pretty. I switched out some strings each week to experiment and decided the recommended Savarez High tension Cristal Corum were best---they give a good even balance between the basses/trebles. After the initial break-in of new strings, the guitar stays in tune well.
I would definitely recommend the Cordoba C9 Dolce/Parlor for someone taking a serious approach to classical guitar---you'll get to enjoy the quality and ease of playability, and it's a very good starting point before you decide if your classical ambitions warrant you buying a more expensive guitar. I'm extremely happy with my purchase. Oh--and I appreciated the phone call and communication with my Sweet Water rep--that's a great customer service touch and I'll definitely buy from them again. Happy playing!