Congrats Curra.......after you get 4 or 5 days on it things really start to open up rather wide, added depth, bass extension it seems to DC (which is pointless but WTH). Midrange and highs that are correct and oh so buttery smooth. Nary a hint of softness nor hardness to these regions. Perfect balance IMO.
I've found my planar ribbons completely disappear as point sources and in there place the venue of the recording is recreated down the tiniest detail all while sounding completely analog. I agree with your violin assessment and also the neutrality of the unit, it's remarkable how it disappears and lets the music flow. My main system sounds incredible with top shelf recordings.....This thing is worth every single penny. I can hardly wait to give NOS mode a go. Well I can wait since the bugger is awful bloody heavy and a PITA to remove from the Lovan rack
...I want to burn it in first (a good excuse I think for a terminal procrastinator such as myself) before messing with settings outside of default.
I'm thinking of doing the Gold Point mod to my MC-7R since Alps BV is clearly the weak link in that tube pre right now and I'm really interested in your upcoming thoughts about it in the C-2C and of course the HD800s. I don't have a pot to pee in right now so that GP Vol pot upgrade will have to wait until the Tax return shows up...
Again congrats on the score and thanks for the impressions and pics !!! I'll chat with you later on this evening if you are around and I'm still awake