Looking at the back of the 20.7 plate holding the fuses..
The wire from ?crossover? to the plate (1) crimped to a zinc plated steel FastOn
Fast on slipped on the FastOn male (2) also zinc plated steel
FastOn male zinc plated steel specially made? capture fit (3) under unknown metal rivet (could be aluminum, stainless, or steel???)
Unknown metal rivet capture fit holding (4) '? plating to look like gold' fuse clip
Fuse clip holding (5) end of fuse body cap gold plated
Fuse body cap gold plated to (6) fuse element ? unknown metal
Fuse element to (7) other end fuse body cap gold plated
Fuse body cap to (8 ..) other fuse holder clip ((Funny the
8 and ) ... automatically turnes into a emoji ))
Fuse holder clip capture fit (9) under unknown metal rivet
rivet from fuse holder capture fit (10) clip zinc plated steel
Clip zinc plated steel to (11) soldered on solid core nickle plated copper wire
Solid core nickle plated wire soldered (12) to plated clip to look like gold
Plated clip compression fit (13) to Maggie pin #1 plated to look like gold
Maggie pin #2 plated to look like gold to (14) compression fi clip plated to look like gold
Clip platd to look like gold to (15) FastOn steel with zinc plating
FastOn crimp fit (16) to exiting from area wire to crossover....
Wow. all that stuff to add in a fuse. (and allow user gizmos in between the Maggie pin sets)
Skipping the fuse means the wiring goes:
The wire from ?crossover? to the plate soldered (1) to wire exiting Maggie pin #1
Wire entering Maggie pin #2 soldered (2) to wire exiting area to crossover.
(if no resistor, then those two wires would be one wire connected, but still two solder connections.)
Amazing how MANY connections Magnepan uses to add in a fuse.
If they used a few less connections?? particularly getting rid of the zinc/steel. (I understand ease of assembly. is the primary reason for the FastOn use.)
Anyway, after looking at the number of connections, I can understand how bypassing the midrange fuse can have such a big effect.
I still am not sure I will bypass.If I did not bypass, I still could remove 4 of the connections...
More if the wires were slipped into the fuse clip so the fuse was a compression hold to the actual wire instead of other connections. This would mean drilling small holes to allow the wire to pass through the plastic fuse holder shell. I had a jumper in my 3.6 which was held just by the spring tension of the fuse holder clips. worked fine.
Added: the least with fuse is four connections. It would mean trying to get the wire from crossover into the fuseholder and pressed between the fuse and clip. This particular connection would be hard to maintain unless the wire was glued to the fuseholder? Ditto the wire from between fuse and clip out. would need some way to keep it from being pulled loose.
But might be a compromise worth investigating..