I first learned about Phoenix Mandolins from the late great Stan Jay of Mandolin Brothers in Staten Island. He considered the top three mandolin builders to be Collings, Gibson, and Phoenix and not in that order.
My first and only mandolin is a 2009 Phoenix Bluegrass. It’s signed by both Rolfe and Jenny. I don’t play any Bluegrass music with it. Mainly classical, jazz, swing, folk, rock, pop, fiddle tunes, and Choro someday soon.
My next mandolin is going to be a Phoenix Neoclassical with Thomastik Mittel round wound strings. The great Weldon Lister of Austin Texas hand engraved this special Bill James tailpiece for me. Jenny says this mandolin will give me a very different voice than my Bluegrass model. These instruments are special and Stan Jay was so right about them.