I'm a "new" guy. I like being the first to handle my acoustics and I like aging with them. I think that new vs. old is a classic acoustic debate. I have 2 Martins that I bought slightly used and an older Yamaha that I treasure but the bulk of my acoustics were purchased new. I played a 1930's Martin OM28 at Nazfest (Martins on Main in Nazareth PA) when I attended in 2014 and it sounded like bells exploding. I know that vibration begets vibration and older guitars can sound amazing but I look at a new D28 for $2300 and I look at a beat up 35 year old one for $7000 and I would buy the new one (and maybe some recording gear). I bought my D28 after I played it and I bought my 15's after playing them. I bought my Taylor 150 - 12 string via internet. I bought my Taylor GS Mini and my Mahogany Baby Taylor via internet. I think that there are some guitars that are fabricated so perfectly through CNC and highly organized factories that it's hard to buy a dud. If you buy a dud you can exchange it. I think that there are acoustics that you can buy online.