A 'society' lady once heard the great Enrico Caruso in concert. Afterwards, she was back stage with many other opera groupies. She gushed praise on the great singer and said, "Oh, if only I could sing like you. I would give my life to do so!"
He responded by saying, " Ah dear madaam, you don't realize that I have."
Mike, their are a lot of 20 year over-night wonders playing these boxes. Fortunately the really good players still don't mind sharing tips and techniques with a sausage-finger guy like me.
PS Thanks to all the pro's that stop by here and encourage all us 'wannabee's and groupies.
Don't want to make your choice harder but I have been satisfied with my Acadian, Bon Tite Cajun, Cajun, Master,Mouton,and Martin plus one built by Elton Doucet. Now I don't still own them all but have had all of them at one time or another. Now make a choice. You really cain't go wrong.
There are many fine builders to choose from. I happen to operate a small violin/guitar shop on the side and Danny does fine guitar work along with accordions. I felt a connection so I went with him. All handmade boxes hold their value. Save up and buy one.