Ditto, guess I won't toss mine either.
I've played some of the very finest flat tops extant, being those made by Eric Schoenberg (Tiburon CA) & Klein of Sonoma CA. Schoenberg gained fame w/ reproductions of the Martin OMs (orchestra model) made to original specs; Klein w/ original bracing designs & incredibly large guitars that also play w/ delicate overtones. Eric's have the magical delicacy of vintage pre-war Martin OMs; Klein makes unique guitars larger than jumbos w/ interesting off-set soundholes. You'd expect the ultra-large Kleins would play w/ incredible volume & bass & they do in fact outplay anything I know of in that regard; incredibly & unexpectedly they have harmonic delicacy equal to anthing w/ the possible exception of the Schoenbergs. Eric's OMs w/ rosewood back/sides start at $7k; the Kleins I played were in the $20k-$30k range.
I stumbled upon a luthier named Ryan Thorell http://thorellguitars.com/
who appears to be in the same league w/ the above two masters. It's remarkable that he is only age 29; even more remarkable is that he is only ten minutes from my home in Logan, Utah. Guitar being built will be the first Thorell of similar shape/size to the R Taylor Type 1 (Taylor's so-called "Grand Symphony", one step smaller than a dreadnaught). Sides/back will be a stunningly gorgeous set of olive wood from Zambia; every reason to believe Ryan that the olive wood will equal the performance of prized & costly Brazilian rosewood (just the upgrade alone for a set of Brazilian rosewood on an R Taylor starts at $12k). Adirondack (red) spruce top (IIRC Ryan doesn't even bother w/ sitka spruce).
The most important thing for me is the 1-13/16" nut & 2-5/16" saddle to accomodate my fingers. After playing guitars w/ smaller (normal) dimensions all my life & lately trying guitars w/ the above dimensions, I'd never go back. The difference was startling. Thanks to Eric Schoenberg for popularizing the wider nut & saddle dimensions.
Another remarkable talent of Ryan's is that he seems equally skilled in building solid body, jazz, bass, & classical. Most luthiers concentrate on one genre. One of his classical guitars had forever sustain & incredible harmonic qualities. I am generally not attracted to mahogany-side/backed flat-tops; but if I had the money I would have immediately adopted a Thorell played a few months ago. It sang like a bird played just minutes after being strung for the first time ever.
Someone considering the world's best guitars should consider Ryan's; they'd save multiples of the travel cost in the purchase price. R Taylor is the most competitive of the higher-volume brands but Ryan provides better value. (I'm thankful for having lived in CA to hear some of the best, though I'd not choose to live there again; more thankful that Logan's ultra-low cost of living is reflected in all or most things purchased here.) A big push toward Ryan for me was that R Taylor offers only one saddle width (2-3/16); for myself the advantage of the wider saddle (2-5/16) can not be overstated.
Ryan's lead time was about six months when I ordered; seems like a long wait till you learn the lead time for the world's top classical luthier is twelve years.