So, Jumping in here,
I Sent an email to the Livewire in ca customer service. I then got a reply from John diles with his cell number (no one was there to answer the office number, it looks like).
So i called John Diles (CA Livewire), with questions about livewires. I live in the Bay area CA, relatively close to him, and He said he is able to take impressions for me, for free.
When i asked about turn-around time, he said it's pretty firmly around 2 weeks. He said that recently he's had a shortage of wires, but he is expecting a shipment of 500 pretty soon. When i mentioned issues people here have posted, he said that he doesn't really read head-fi that much, and he really aught to (does that answer address my concern about delay?)
When i asked if the Duels suited me, he explained that he thinks the duels are superb, and that he suggests the duels to most people. He said, the only reason he came out wit the triple, is that everyone else has them, and he doesn't understand why.
He said, that he'd like to set me up with some duels, and if i don't like them, he'll gladly upgrade me to triples, and i only pay the difference. Also touching upon the 30-day satisfaction, or return policy they have.
So, in all, John sounds like a pretty nice guy. He got my name right, which is saying something.
and a bonus, is that the impressions are free, so i'm immediatley shaving off $100 (3 places quoted around there for both ears), and only paying the base $250, as apposed to the $310 fidelity charges...
Looks like it's well worth the risk, in money at least. opinions?