The A220C is a remarkable instrument. Build quality is top-notch, tonewoods are beautiful, and the aesthetic appointments are simple yet tasteful. As for sound, this guitar has a loud and powerful voice, and it has what feels like unlimited headroom. This thing is a beast when you ask it to be, and it won't back down if you really dig in. I play mainly rhythm style with a flatpack in a small group of other acoustic instruments, and this Avalon has plenty of volume and punch; the guitar really holds its own in the mix. With that said, it's still remarkably well-mannered, and very responsive to a light touch. Notes ring out beautifully up and down the fretboard, and there's plenty of sustain and a sweet richness in the tone. It's a slightly heavier build than my Northwood, and it's not the bassiest guitar I've played... but it feels well-balanced and still gives a satisfying resonance against the body like a quality guitar should. As with any guitar, I suspect it will open up even more as it ages. Playability is excellent, and the neck is super comfortable. It came from the shop with a great setup--perfect for my playing style. Oh, and it comes with a really nice Hiscox case too. Highly recommended!