My father and I had been lusting after those nifty racks by German manufacturer Finite Elemente for months, if not years, when we finally gave a phone call to the Italian importer to order ours. Finite Elemente was never known for its popular prices, so we knew what we were running into; what we did not expect was that our phone call would reach the importer right before a whopping 40% list price increase. That's right - we called on Friday, and next Monday all prices went up 40% by order of Finite Elemente. The importer wasn't exactly happy about it. We, on the other hand, still managed to get our stuff at the "older" price, with a very generous discount (the whole thing still cost us more than many would be willing to spend on hi-fi forniture, but it was worth it to us).
All of the above happened at the beginning of October. Looks like we weren't the only ones placing an order right before the list price increase, so it took the Germans one month and a half to ship our order (everything came directly from the factory in Germany to our home). Last Monday everything was finally delivered: a Pagode Signature 3-tier rack, a Pagode Master Reference platform, a set of black Ceraball and a set of three Cerabase Slimline. Since I know my fellow junkies love pictures, I thought I'd post a few my delightful fiancée took as my father and I assembled the rack, together with some comments
Let us start with a picture of us unpacking the Pagode Signature. The white sheet in my hand on the left are the instructions on how to assemble the rack.
That's right: the instructions amount to one A4-size sheet written in English, with no explanatory picture. If you're not English-literate, or your English is just so-so, you're screwed as there is no way you can figure this out on your own unless you're a genius. They destroyed half of the Amazon rainforest for the cardboard package, and they're afraid to print on a few more paper sheets for instructions. That's just wrong, especially in consideration of how difficult and machiavellian assembling this rack is.
My father and I working on the rack:
Time to unpack and mount the other layers:
Then a bit of work on the platform:
Last but not least, we dismantled the wooden table we were using prior to buying the new rack. Some of you may remember from this thread how I had placed a granite slab on the table with some Bostik Blu Tack underneath. That blue bitch has some strong grip on things - look how it stretched to keep the granite slab attached to the table when my father and I removed it:
You can see the new rack in the background, hosting my center channel, player and pre/pro.
Unfortunately, I still have no pictures to show how things turned out in the end. All I can say is everything by Finite Elemente looks absolutely stunning and is extremely well built and engineered. I'm not going to spend any words on whether this affects sound or not, as I see this kind of debates tend to heat quickly and generate a lot of useless animosity on other boards. I don't know you, but I really don't like animosity so... just be happy for me, alright?
Im not quite sure why instructions are so hard to come by, the ones I got with my Sanus wall mount were ridiculous. For some of us it's easy enough to figure it out, but when expecting someone to put a prize possession on a rack, or on the wall, a company might consider better instructions for people not so savvy.
Im glad to see the Blu stuff holds, I just bought some.
Very impressive...it's great to see that you and your Dad can share a hobby...something I never was able to do with my dad...no common ground at all...it seems strange that only German and English would be offered(especially in this high quality product line)..as I'm sure they have most of their sales in Europe...
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Blu Tack is great: tight grip and 100% reusable - you won't be disappointed
10-4 evil. Its holding my center channel well. I let it sit overnight then tried to pull it up. Hard to beat for the price and it does not mark stuff up.
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