I have an MS2 on order. Here's the response I got from Alessandro when I asked whether I'm getting the chrome-plated version also expressing my disappointment regarding the new design:
"Actually not sure if you are getting the old or new version. We had to switch to chrome because we were having problems with the anodizing, and it actually costs more money to make them than the brushed aluminum ones. We actually think it looks better."
This is weak, IMO. I work in the semiconductor industry where we deal all the time with anodized parts, and it's not rocket science. Plus, how many years have they already been doing successfully? Sounds like to me, they just wanted to make a change just to make a change. Doesn't sound like they bounced the new finish off of any actual Grado users or owners though based on the opinions we're seeing here !!
Personally, I think black anodization would have been a cool change.