I bought a D-15 over here in Austrlaia several months ago and agree with what you say and what was said on the website. Fantastic instrument and got it new at a very good price here in Newcastle, NSW. I had the action lowered a tad. Now it is perfect and sounds tremendous fingerpicked .. especially in an open tuning. My wife, who is not a musician, loves it too... she says its dark colour matches our furniture beautifully when I play it in the lounge room!!!!