When I finally got my Martin 00018, I was in heaven. Everywhere I played it people commented on how good it sounded and how easy it was to play.
Then about 5 years ago I bought a Maton M325. No where near as expensive as my little Martin, but a Much Bigger beast.
As far as sound goes it shits all over the Martin and any other guitar I've ever played. Even my friends who are died in the wool Martinites (sounds a bit like Marmitites,) admit that it has a wonderful tone, and LOUD?
I think it's time for the Martin to got to someone who will play it. I'm sold on the Maton! (and it's Australian made)