What I thought I knew isn't what I thought I knew
That's funny. Because though it's just me, I always refer to ʌ as "stressed schwa" when describing it. It's funny how speakers of different languages or dialects/accents hear allophones, especially vowels. I'm from America and I got into a rather lengthy conversation with a creator on YouTube just a couple days ago about the U in "Understand". And how in Britain he feels many speakers pronounce it as ʊ. While even when listening to UK tv shows I always here it as ʌ. I still need to go listen carefully to some shows so I can try to hear what he hears.