In a comparison to my Cigano long scale and my D-500, the VR simply has more volume, more of the reference tone (to Django recordings), and more complexity. This adds up to a significant but not earthshaking difference. At 22 times the cost of the Cigano, it isn't 22 times better, but certaily is some "better" and very exciting to practice and play with. The VR simply translates more of what you play into a sound very much like Django's sound.
The VR has more bottom than the Cigano but not much more (though different) than the D-500, and more volume than either Saga guitar.
I elevated the bridge 4-5 millimeters from the stock #1 Dupont bridge. This fixed the unecessary amount of string slap it came with. It did not dimish the crunch of a chord hit hard. It has a lot of crunch. It also has more of that distinction in sound between wound and unwound strings, with the wound strings sounding more classical and round when played moderately.
As far as fit and finish, I'm not one to notice. The woods are all muted either stained (the top) or very regular grain (Indian Rosewood sides and back). Not flashy but rather understated.
Micheal's description in the "sticky" comparing Busato and Selmer is a very usefull one and includes a sound clip that sounds a lot like this VR. The only exception I'd offer to Micheal's desctiptions is that I'm not sure "Selmers" are as bright as he suggests, but my experience is limited to one Dupont copy only.
Having sat and listened in a quiet room to a talented guy playing an actual Busato and this Dupont, the Busato was clearly more high pitched overall both low strings and high. The Dupont sounds dark in comparison particularly the wound strings. Very classical and gentle to my ears when picked moderately or softly. When a wound string is picked hard, the sound of the string still isn't strident but is of course louder. This seems consistent with the sound I hear in Django's recordings. On this guitar, I percieve the low E string as being louder than the other three wound strings.
I'v only had it a few days and I'm still in the very romantic phase of the relationship. To be fair, I'm still in love with the Cigano too. It has a usefull sound for me, just less of everything except fundamental clarity in the bass strings; which it has more of.
Hope this helps
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