Comparing symphony to PISA/PIS?

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Comparing symphony to PISA/PIS?
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Wed, 09-12-2012 - 7:39pm
Has anyone ever used both? How would you compare them? I am currently renting a symphony and LOVE IT. However they cost a fortune! So I was hoping people may think a pump in style was just as good
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Thu, 09-13-2012 - 12:23am
I switched from the symphony to the PIS at 5 months pp. I didn't see a stop in my supply at all
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Thu, 09-13-2012 - 11:28am

I used a Symphony for the first two months and then switched to a PISA. My production stayed the same after the switch, but the "feel" is different. If I remember correctly, I think the Symphony felt like a smoother pull, if that makes any sense. The PISA isn't uncomfortable, just different. I also noticed a different feel when I bought a Freestyle, which I use at home so I can leave my PISA at work.

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Registered: 06-22-2008
Fri, 09-14-2012 - 12:50am
The "feel" was exactly what I was wondering! How is it on noise compared to the symphony? Which did you prefer?
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Fri, 09-14-2012 - 7:24am

I don't remember all the details very clearly, but I think that the PISA wasn't noticeably louder than the Symphony. The Freestyle, however, is pretty obnoxious (I know you didn't ask about the Freestyle, but offer it for comparison). The Symphony has a powerful motor with a smooth deep sound. The PISA is smaller, and is sort of more high-pitched. I think it sounds like it cycles faster and has to work harder for the same suction. But it's not necessarily louder.

If money had been no object, and if I hadn't already bought the PISA to use at work (I was planning to nurse at home and pump at the office before deciding to EP), I might have stuck with the Symphony. But I was renting it for $75/month (the LC recommended that I use the Symphony until my preemie reached his due date), and I didn't know how long I would be pumping. The PISA wound up being great when I needed more mobility, for travel or work.

I guess the bottom line for me is that I really liked the Symphony and would have been very happy to use it for the entire time if life didn't get in the way. But the flexibility I had with the PISA was great, and since my supply didn't drop, there's not really a downside. In the end, I felt like I wanted MORE mobility, and eventually bought the Freestyle so that I wasn't plugged to the wall all off the time.

One possible thing to think about, if you buy a Symphony, is that it could have resale value. The PISA isn't supposed to be used by multiple people, but the Symphony can be. So you might recoup some of your cost down the line if you decide to buy one and then sell it.

This probably doesn't give you a cut-and-dry answer, but hopefully some things to think about to help with your decision!

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Registered: 06-22-2008
Fri, 09-14-2012 - 1:18pm
Thank you so much! Your answers have been exactly what I was looking for! The symphony is big a bulky but luckily that's not to much of an obstacle for me. I have a super great family that is all supportive of me EPing so I feel less weird about toting a huge pump around.
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Fri, 09-14-2012 - 3:19pm

BTW you may ask from your insurance about local suppliers of the heavy duty medical equipment. One of the suppliers may have better price. I rent symphony for 50$ month and this place very-very deep down any internet search so I didn`t find myself when I was shopping around, all other places have 75$ month.

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Registered: 02-15-2012
Fri, 09-14-2012 - 8:12pm

I agree, I rented a Symphony for the first two months, and don't really notice much difference in supply, but it was a little friendlier on the pull like pp says.