I've ordered some tube extenders, and though they're not here yet, the thought just occurred to me ...... when pulling the tubes out, what insures the extenders stay with the sockets on the board rather than come out still attached to the tube?
Second question: Are vacuum tube microphonics a real issue or do you like the dampers because they're 'sexy'? Seriously, has anyone ever heard any feedback or other microphonics-related issues with their Lyr?
IMO: One of the benefits of tube extenders is that they come out with the tube. This means all the stress is on the extender's pins, not the tube's pins. The same goes for reinserting the tube/extender assembly. You have better control / dexterity.
IMO: I had a tube that developed severe microphonics out of the blue. I returned the pair for exchange, but I also ordered the dampeners. As HK_sends sez.... I detect a cleaner sound. This could very well be phycological... but I do think there is an improvement. I also like the look.