I wonder if the ones without F1 sound different? I read that they may. And that there will be some comparisons later on. Darn, to own one of each, that will be the holy grail.
Now to wait and see how this all pans out. Yes to wait.
Ordered one. Maybe my F1 will be rubbed out! You think?
Well, lets take the two scenarios we have here.
Yours are perfect, some are not, like mine. If you take care of yours and don't abuse them, don't get any rubs, dings, or scratches on them. Then yours will be worth more than mine if resale were to become necessary. Basically a lot of Grados are sold as A-Stock but are really B-Stock. I'll have to disclose all the bangs, nicks, rubs, etc.
I don't know if you buy 2nd hand gear, I do. I take off for every frayed cord or dinged cup. That effects the value. It detracts from new. I suspect if you buy 2nd hand gear you do the same. If I buy a car and it has scratched paint, sun faded upholstery and dinged fenders, those blemishes count off the price I will pay. It is still a car, as you would be quick to point out. But when I go to sell that beat up car, rest assured, the next buyer will want to discount those detractions. Only in the AudioPhool world is this even a conversation. Would you accept a Mercedes, BMW, or even a Honda as new if the fender was creased? It's ludicrous to defend slipshod work.
1) Send them back
2) Keep them
3) Sell them now or later and disclose that mine are Facto Dinged like a bunch of them out there.
They do sound great and my plans are to keep them. However, it remains
a shame that the company:
Can't engrave and QC their work
Can't Glue something together without slopping Glue about
Can't work with delicate surfaces without banging them about
Can't resolve a problem without making it worse
I do enjoy listening to them though...
If it was not a limited edition headphones specially made for Head-F1, Crado could lost all sales on them...
Too bad it is often happens that some people treat their close "friends" or relatives, worse then total strangers, as they now it would be forgiven to them.
Maybe it is not completely relevant in this situation but such "gifts" leave bad after taste for sure.