my original dealer, where I heard them after RMAF 10 was Cherry Creek Audio.
I thought about buying them at my closest dealer and picking them up, but
their audio snobbery overwhelmed me, now I wished I had overlooked it......
I can talk about them now because they're out of business (shocker!)
Here's what UPS did to mine, but they were only half the equation...http://stewart0722.smugmug.com/Other/magnepan-damage-photos/28768937_xBj954#!i=2442212261&k=F2HdRV9
...the dealer stated they came on a pallet, but the dealer took them off the pallet, so he
could ship it by UPS, instead of freight......come to find out, freight would have
cost me only 47.00 more!!!
I contacted Wendell and he confirmed the dealer should have never removed them from the pallet
and that Magnepan NEVER recommends shipping by UPS......(now ya tell me). The dealer
accused me of throwing them under the bus and refused to refund my original shipping
even though UPS paid him a partial, but almost total claim....including refunding shipping....
Magnepan refused per Wendell to drop ship replacements to me even though they knew
well what had happened to me..........so what I did was have a shipping co. pick them up
at the dealer on the pallet and then build a coffin for them with foam in top/bottom/sides etc
and then ship them freight for me which cost me about 400.00 instead of the 200.00 I originally
paid, but I felt that was how Magnepan should ship them in the first place, both to decrease
risk of damage and increase future value due to suitability for reshipment.....I'd certainly
pay a 200.00 premium, AND I DID......
one thing I did find out is that aluminum trim models are mdf under the trim whereas wood
models are oak etc through and through.......so for durability, I'd say go with wood.......which
is what I requested on the replacement pair......
Again, the replacements arrived perfect and I could not be happier with the sound......the
really are mind blowingly good..........just wish they didn't come with Magnepan's stodgy stance
on so many things........