Haha, I didn't spend that much. Granted I've wasted a lot on shipping back and forth gear, but DACs deathmatch, tiring as they are, is fun and nice experience. It's a pity I'll miss the London meet though. My only remaining desire in this hobby are: comparing 007mk1 vs mk2 vs mk3; demoing EC ZDSE; 2A3, Balancing Act and maybe the DNA Stratus - and last time I read the London meet thread, there'll be a 007mk1 there.
How did the dampening affect the sound though? I took off the grills once, and to me grill or grill-less doesn't make much difference in sound. I'm not brave/curious enough to mess with the damping cloth though.