I bought this guitar 45 years ago for £50 - There was always a problem with the top which was badly sinking , damaged by the then lost floating pick guard i think. When I got it the X brace struts were hanging off and there were many cracks in the back and ribs . At the time I was working as a violin /guitar repairer . I took the back off and renewed the struts and patched all the cracks and then played it for about five years . I then smashed the bottom rib and decided to take it apart again and in the process of repairing it , fix the sagging top with a splice from top to bottom on the carved top . I messed up badly !! I soon realised that the job was far too difficult for my skills.
The guitar sat in it's case and although I tried a few times to get someone to restore it , nobody would take the work on. So it was always at the back f my mind telling me what an idiot I'd been .
Six years ago I saw that Jeff Daniels had had a C2 converted to a flat top and I found a guy who could do it for me and so I now have a beautiful OM/00018 ish Rio rosewood guitar which sounds incredible and is joy to own and play . It has an Adirondack top and is braced the same as a 30's OM would have been.