A couple of things A. J. , how do the Swan valves compare ?
Strangely enough, in the 15 months I've been playing the Swan, I've yet to have the slightest iota of wind saver problems. Think I'll take it apart and examine it more closely. This is the only harmonica that I've actually played virtually EVERY DAY.
I've never played anything "every day" till I got this thing; it was more like once a week. Without exaggeration, I've probably logged an many hours on this cheap little axe in the last fifteen months as I have on all my Chromatics, combined, over the last sixty years. I know that sounds like a big statement, but I'm gunna stick with it.