I personally believe pliers are a bad idea since they will rough up the surface. They SHOULD be bendable enough to do so without pliers.
I finally got my order in for mine yesterday. Requested it without OPamp since I have a pair of BB 2107's ready to go. Have paranoia with thoughts of messing something up pulling out OPamp and tubes. I know tubes can safely and securely be removed and installed by hand. What about OPamp? I also got a pair of Mullard M8083's and plan to push them in from the get go.
Basically trusting that the consensus is 2107 / 8083 combo yields better sonics than stock configuration.
Anyone have favorable results with trying an aftermarket power cable? Also what about utilizing the Silver Star fuses?