Although that would make a good band name, it is not the topic. Like most people, I do enjoy the sound and playability of a good Martin guitar. Also like most people, I can't afford to buy a good one (D18 and above) new. So, I have feelers out to the various local shops to contact me when they get a used one. So far, I have looked at 4 instruments that are less than 4 years old and each one has cracked tops. Not major cracks mind you, but visible cracks that are stable. Even when you search online auctions, many of them have such cracks after only a few years. I understand the humidity effects on solid wood tops like that but I can't imagine anyone spending 3k plus on a guitar and not taking care of it. It isn't like they would just leave it in the garage or the trunk. I have a few solid wood guitars including a Seagull Artist Cameo which I purchased new, shipped from Canada in the winter, and have been playing it at home and on stage for 4 years now.....no cracks. They both use quality woods so it must be the bracing that is causing cracks. What else could it be? If that is the case, then why would I want a guitar with that kind of bracing? A Martin sounds great, but I am not about to pay 3k for something that will crack so easily...if that is the case. Help me out here, I know we have some skilled luthiers on this site, what is the deal with high end guitars and cracks? I only paid $1200 on sale for my Seagull and I am just not seeing the benefit to a Martin right now quality wise.