Well now its a "defending the thread", thread,, and a "why do mods do that", thread.
Its not a "do rays amps have a design flaw" thread.
Really, you can take any amp, and if youre knowlegable you can think of improvements and say theres a design flaw. Just because you can think of ways to improve an amp doesnt mean its design is flawed. Also, maybe improvements to you arent improvements to the designer, like....maybe you do a mod and it warms up the sound, but maybe the designer doesnt want the sound warmer.
A flaw should be , the amp has an over heating problem, or sparks, etc., and not just one amp, but many amps have the same problem and then can be said that it has a problem with its design.
Such as with one of Meiers amps. It had a headphone jack that was a little flakey, so Meier heard about it and changed it.
There, problem solved.
Its not that he used a cheap componant. The one he originally chose was considered a good well-made part, but for some reason it gave some people a crackly conection, so he changed it and made it better.
Nothing you buy is perfect, but as long as the maker is willing to try to make a quality product and stands behind it, i see no reason for flaming.
Everyone also has personality flaws, and i see no reason to flame a product line because someones personality rubs you wrong, when 100's of other people dont have a problem.
I get ticked off sometimes when a mod deletes posts also.
Sometimes i just wanted to know what the deletion was, and why it was deleted. Maybe id agree with the deletion, or maybe not.
Maybe sometimes a mod has seen so many thread derailments that they can see farther ahead than i can about where this thread is going?
In this case, i think this thread has been derailed far off course, and in the beginning i didnt see it.
Maybe part of the reason was because of the deletion, or maybe not....but its derailed.
I think at this point, no moving of the thread to the diy section or changing the title can help it.
Personally, i think most people like Rays amps, and there are no "major" design flaws in them that are dangerous, nor have made anyone not enjoy the amps sound, nor have there been a large number of his amps failing, and the very few that had a problem were fixed or replaced in a professional manner.
Yes some DIY guy or amp builder can find changes theyd like to make in the design with ANY amp, but people are obviosly happy with them the way they are, and if the OP isnt comfy with it, then buy some other amp while the rest of the owners are happy with their toys.
Ive never owned an RSA amp, but im waiting for the new RS71A, and i may buy one,...ill see.
I dont see how any further answers can satisfy the OPs original question, or intention from this thread, IMHO.