ancient grey sweatophile
I remember two D28s fondly, 208362, destroyed by United Airlines in the 1960s, and a slightly newer one but still Brazilian that my brother has now.I see your point with the upgrades. While I can appreciate the aesthetics of the abalone embellishments, I also (usually) prefer the more classic and traditional looks of the 18, 28, and 35. I was unfamiliar with the Modern Deluxe series, but just looked it up. That sounds like one heck of a guitar. It has a very classy look to it as well. I really like the looks of the vintage style tuners. Martin sure does make some amazing instruments. My D28 still puts a smile on my face when I pick it up after not playing it for a couple of weeks.