JimmyG Posted April 12, 2021 Share Posted April 12, 2021 20 hours ago, Livvy said: Do you mean that there really isn’t much difference between the quality of the Swan and the Phoenix? I agree with Pentaprism's thoughts here, and don't have much more to add really! The lack of proper bushings is a shame. I've seen some (newer??) Swans taken to bits which seem to now have the bushing board, as before minus felt, now screwed down between the action. This seems like a better idea. Probably due to similar complaints. I eventually upgraded to a vintage instrument, but kept the swan. Partly because I want to experiment and tinker with it, but partly because it's actually not too bad. It's loud and fast, just unrefined and a bit unwieldy. It got me bitten on the bug, though. No way would I have spent over £1000 on something I didn't know for sure I'd love, but I'm a poor musician. I think you can do a lot worse for the money. Plus I'll be able to take it camping without having kittens. 21 hours ago, Livvy said: My guess is that something nicer than the Phoenix would mean going the vintage route Maybe, maybe not. You might find a reasonable bargain if you keep your eye on this forum long enough. 2 hours ago, pentaprism said: It was a decent instrument if you're not sure Anglo concertina is for you This was what I was getting at, really. It's a dip-your-toes instrument. If you get it out every now and again to have a go, it might fit the bill. It got me to the point of playing well enough to know what I wanted in an instrument. If it's going to be a serious pursuit, continue doing research as you are, and read some of the brilliant advice, discussions, and arguments in this forum. All the best! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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