Yeah, I agree with this completely. I'm not getting this headphone to speculate and make money (but the idea of recouping my investment if my life takes yet another turn and I have to sell off all my worldly possessions is comforting). I'm not expecting miracles, but all I want is great sound and none of those RS1 build quality horror stories. Heirloom quality woule be great and all, but I don't expect it. Those Grado QC problems (or my perception of them from reading head-fi) is honestly the main thing that's kept me off higher end Grados.
Incidentally, my only concerns with the post-pumping guy were (a) it was obnoxious in the context of threads and (b) he had at least 5 accounts pumping the same crap. I don't care who gets the HF2s in the long run (and it's not like I think that I'm any kind of wonderful contributer; pretty sure I suck in point of fact), and I don't really care how exclusive it is, and I'm very glad head-fi, Grado Labs, and TTVJ all profit from interest in these. Just didn't want to see a bunch of spammers make a run on it and close down production early for people down the line, honestly. Anyway, his aliases have been banned, no harm, no foul.
SO, right. Back on track: the slight imperfections in Grados are proof that they were crafted by the honest, simple, hard-working, indigenous peoples of Brooklyn. I mean that seriously; I love the fact that Grado does this on such a small, relatively unsophisticated scale (compared to one of the Big German Corporations, say). Regardless of how many HF-2s go out the gate, that makes them pretty special, and adds a nice emotional resonance for me. I just hope mine (and everyone else's) are built with care and not rushed to fill a huge demand, and sound as good as the early serial number HF-2s.
This just made my day. And makes the wait so much harder. I'm so bloody anxious to try it myself.
Cosmetic issues with Grados (minor or not) will likely always exist for reasons you stated. I personally was "victimized" with one of the "Late Friday" RS1's several years ago (late 2005). In fact, I was the one who initially coined that phrase and (TMK) was the first to report it.
However, Grado seems to have gotten their act (mostly) together from what I've seen, especially the current woodies (those without buttons). They all appear to have very nicely crafted cups. The new RS2 (buttonless) that I bought last year has excellent woodwork (crisp edges) and even finish, even by my high standards, although I still have the sloppy crimping and excess glue.
With the HF-2, the most likely cosmetic defect I expect to see are tiny dings and faint scratches here and there on the aluminum cups. I noticed a few of these on my MS2i when I bought them new from Alessandro.
Nonetheless, I'm really anticipating getting mine! From what I've read so far, my RS2's (and even MS-Pros) may have some stiff competition.