I have a peashooter, it is an uncertain make called "Comet". It has a 30's design tuning slide stop rod and markings for pulling to "A" and beautiful art deco engraving. I have read a fair bit about peashooters in an attempt to understand its history as an instrument and where it came from. All I can deduce so far is that it is a chinese copy of a chinese copy of a malaysian copy of a japanese copy of a yamaha copy of a USA designed instrument, and that is mostly supposition. This question is not about trying to understand this instrument however. I have read many opinions that peashooters were mostly just danceband cheap fodder that were built for looks and not much else. Seemingly many opinions are that peashooters are not to be taken seriously and are more Wall-hang and Lamp than Arban and Stampe if you get my drift. My particular instrument as a stencil of a stencil of a stencil of a stencil of a stencil should be shrill but it aint. I find on the contrary that this cheap highly questionable shrill TSO, turns out to be a beautiful player with rich tones and easy response. It should be a nightmare but instead it is a dream. I know that older instruments have issues blending but that is true of many conventional wraps. Have peashooters acquired an unjustified poor rep over the years. So, is it the opinion of the membership that peashooters should be avoided or embraced, and if opinions run contrary to experience in this, should peashooters regain their place as serious tools.