Hi there! I'm new to the forum and just got my first fanned fret 8-String guitar! I ordered it from Canada and it cost me a total of 650$US (800$CA) to get this beauty with a case, because of the duties and taxes. For 800$ here, you can get a mid range guitar or an excellent used guitar. I play a lot of acoustic fingerstyle, and let me tell you that this guitar is one of the best acoustic guitar I've played. I went to test some 2k$ guitars that was not this good. Don't be fooled by the youtube videos, There is no videos that gets the real sound of this guitar. I'd like to do one to let you hear the sound but I'm stuck with a pickup choice problem (see my post in the pickup threads). The bass strings are really good and you can get a high volume. If anybody hesitates to pick one of those, I highly recommend you do, especially if you live in the US!