Your a Professional Enthusiast in my eyes which is the best kind of professional! An thank you for looking out with regards to time
Though your right, maybe the term “enthusiast” isn’t correct. I’m refereeing to cable builders with not a lot of experience but a lot of enthusiasm! I’ve gotten a few cables over the years from such enthusiastic but less experienced builders, and their prices are always the best. An any time I’ve had issues they’ve been super happy to make repairs as needed! An with these super enthusiastic builders comes a longer wait time and more patience as you understand said individuals are learning how to better what their doing. So maybe Enthusiastic Student Cable Builders, or something less wordy would be a better way to describe them and their market segment!
So I guess what I’m trying to convey is the difference between buying from a DIY Student VS an experienced Professional. When you choose to buy from some one learning to build it’s an experience! As you get to know the person and join them in their journey for knowledge! I’ve many conversations between me and my previous cable guy about different idea’s and things to try. The cables I got from him in that first year of his where also different, as we experimented with different materials! Though after a while, he got a solid idea of what he liked, and what made the most sense for him and his business so the relationship changed as did the product.
That said, if your in the camp that doesn’t feel that cables make an audible impact and your not in a rush time wise and you can afford the time required to ship said cable away… then buying with a DIY Student is very cost effective! An I certainly enjoyed my experience with them, though when I started to explore how cables CAN make an audible difference I also started to shop with far more experienced builders as… there experience and expertise was audible! Even dollar for dollar some of the more experienced builders I’ve worked with have produced excellent products at a very competitive price, which reflects not only their experience in the work it self but also the relationships that they’ve developed over time!
Concepts I’d like to explore with my upcoming comparison! An again, I’ve enjoyed many conversations with you @Torq an you certainly strike me as having a vast pool of experience! Far from the enthusiastic students I referred too. An maybe it isn’t fair to lump your cable in with theirs, though it’s not being compared in the “subjective listening” portion so I still think in terms of build quality it’s relevant!