Price paid: £ 169
Purchased from: Secondhand
Sound — 9
Sounds great except when strummed very hard. No buzz because the action is sky-high (of which more later). Quite trebly but it's a pleasant sound. None of the boom you get from a dreadnought. Too loud for strumming with a pick in a small room, even though it's small, so the top must be pretty efficient.
Overall Impression — 5
This was a good deal secondhand, even with the cost of fixing the action, but I would be very wary of buying one at the new price of 300 pounds or more. At the very least, check the action is low enough with the original unmodified saddle. Most guitar manuals don't tell you how to check neck angle and it takes a fair bit of experience to do so. I probably wouldn't buy another guitar of this brand.
Reliability & Durability — 4
This won't have the lifespan of a better guitar now that the bridge has been modified; as the top rises with age it will be impossible to correct the action again without resetting the neck, which isn't worth it. I have reasons to suspect that it will fall apart, although the tuners struggle a bit as the strings come up to pitch.
Action, Fit & Finish — 4
Dreadful action, 4mm at 12th fret, bass E string. I bought this secondhand and it cost another 50 pounds to have it fixed; the neck angle wasn't right so the bridge wood needed shaving as well as reducing the height of the saddle. The nut was a little high but not too bad. The truss rod wasn't set properly. This is what you get with Chinese manufacture, sadly; quality control is not a strong point. I have seen far better fretwork. These aren't the worst I've seen but they're certainly not the best. The guitar was secondhand but essentially unplayed; the local dealer thought it was new.
Features — 8
A UK brand but, presumably, made in China. 20 frets, solid top, glossy finish. "Grand Concert" size, which is a little larger than a classical guitar. The tuners are gold-plated and look a little like Klusons from the rear although they are not slotted like proper Klusons. Odd-shaped bridge with compensated saddle. The nut and saddle feel like fairly lightweight plastic (I've had both off the guitar).