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Because of the expense of one-time private offers and Christmas gift obligations during BF/CM, I had to pull out of this drop. Suddenly, I couldn't afford it until I zeroed my CC balance.
I suspect that certain other Massdrop members had the same issue.
If you offer the ZDT Jr. again at some point after Christmas, I predict you'll get at least as many participants as you did in the initial drop. I know that I'll be one of them.
What would make sense to me the most is to let Laconic produce the originally planned maximum amount of units. Then, once Massdrop is more or less certain about actual shipment date of the original batch, offer the remaining unsold amount (375 - 228 = 147) to those of us who were not fully committed during the initial drop for whatever reason.
1) April/May 2018 drop with confirmed shipment by June 26 2018 is much more attractive compared to currently estimated 7 month long wait.
2) April/May 2018 is much more reasonable than November 2017 for this kind of drop given the fact people are mostly focused on Christmas gifts now (for others or themselves).
3) By April/May 2018, more impressions of the amp will be available online. Apart from other potential opportunities to hear the amp, I am at least aware of the fact that an official loaner was provided currently to SBAF that will be heard by at least 20 different people in upcoming weeks.
Of course, it is up to Massdrop to decide what makes sense to them.
The good news is that you're describing what Massdrop tends to do by design. The second mini-drop is often scheduled well after the first shipment of the first drop, but the purchase date is much closer to the delivery date. There tends to be a surplus in anticipation of exchanges and so froth froth.
The bad news is that we're born to suffer and die, but that's part of the audiophile experience. By the way, if necrophile means what we imagine it must, then why in Scrod's name would anyone want to be described as an audiophile? Do we really want to walk in on a friend writhing around on the carpet with an OTL tube amp pressed against their pelvis?