I looked at Taylor, but the model I think I want (414 CE) is no longer made. And I’m a little wary of just ordering one through the mail to see if I like it or not.
I am not a fan of the Taylor Depression System electronics. And I find many of their lower end models to be obscenely over priced.
When I bought my main acoustic, I based it on "live performance sound." I don't play in the parlor. When I play acoustic, I'm plugged in and don't really care much about the unamplified sound.
I noticed that every time I was in a club and heard a great on-stage acoustic sound, it was a Martin. Every time.
I actually prefer the acoustic sound of the Breedlove, and they play really great too but, live performance is the most important criteria for me so, the Martin was a no-brainer. I have a Martin Siris and it gets the job done with aplomb.
Cost about $1500 seven years ago. And I just refretted it last year. It gets played!