Back at 'ya Tim. How else indeed. And where else but on the 'net.
My Martin DXM is the first Martin I've ever owned. I've always coveted a good Martin but life happens between buying the guitar you want and the one you can afford...after the rent and the babysitter and the car payment and ...
I just got the Takamine a few months ago. Friend of mine took up the bagpipes, joined a Cletic marching band and put his guitars under his bed. He wanted $350 for the Tak with hardcase. I couldn't say no. It was cherry.
Jump back to 1963: Roger Sprung banjo picker, teacher and instrument dealer (among other parts of a full and fulfilled life) sold me my J200 damaged but playable for (better sit down) (have a hyperventilation bag handy) (Prozac?)... for $175, with a Gibson arch-top hard case for another $25.
Long, long story in that involving a hurricane and Bob Dylan... for another time. I went ot a luthier to see about the damaged and worked out that I would fix it mself in his place and under his guidance for a reduced rate. That turned into a job. Until the scondrel disappeared one night leaving a stack of IOUs all over the westside of Manhattan, a bunch of guitars that were not his, and about a month of back pay still due me. Son of a female dog had me down on the lease as co-owner! That was a surprise. But a nasty mess to disprove.
But the repairs on the J200 held up... for about forty years.