I might be silly but having seen other Fostex headphones not made in China and owning an ZMF Omni as well as a few others I would not be so picky. I own 5 year old LCD-2s and while not full wooden domes my rosewood looks better than the PH do with the bubble wrap. I paid in advance like everybody else, I did not mind waiting, but I did expect something 100% out of the box for all my faith and patience. If I want Fostex again I will just get the real deal and pay a little more. That is how I feel, does not mean I am right or wrong since its about my feelings on the matter. I waited until I heard about the polishing kit and that does not work for me. So I am await return instruction from MassDrop now. They sounded awesome, but to me for the wait and money, they should be perfect out of the box. I am glad those who are keeping are happy. This what makes this a great hobby, diversity and different opinions.