Is there really anything else? I've played lots of nice acoustic guitars over the years, (Taylors, Gibsons, Takamines, Seagulls, Guilds, Yamahas, Ovations, etc, etc,) and thought a few sounded pretty decent, but when I took my D-18 home, my other acoustics, which I previously though sounded great, sounded thin and weak. The tone of the D18, I feel, is what every acoustic player is looking for, but doesn't know it, because they think their current guitar is just fine. Take your guitar to your local shop, and play it, then play a D-18 ... You will be amazed as I was! The tone is balanced perfectly ... Light finger picking is pronounced and smooth and harder strumming projects, and all the nuances in between are picked up, giving so much expression to one's playing. And the playability is so nice, makes some of those difficult progressions much easier to play. A good Martin is not cheap, but with the D-18 you get a guitar that will put a smile on your face every time you play it!