I have played the silver series in a local guitar store last year and was very very impressed, so much that I made it my goal to get one. Then I went to the factory and played a gold series a200ce and bought it there and then. Whilst the silver is a very good buy and has great sound for the price, the sustain and tone from the gold was definetly a lot better. My advice is to save your pennies and get a gold series guitar.
The factory in Newtownards maufactures both the legacy series and the gold series guitars. If you want a truly made Irish guitar, "go for gold!" (really hope that doesn't sound as cheesey as it looks as I type it
You wont be dissappointed.
I lead the praise group in my church and some people who have never held a guitar in thier lives commented on the sound coming from my new baby!
BTW JB, this sales pitch has gotta by worth a free Avalon strap