"If I were you I would just return the Elrod and forget about buying it. If the company does not consider it important to attend to the concerns of customers then it does not deserve their money. Such companies should be boycotted."
Wow...my experience with David Elrod over...I'm not sure, but about 10 years, has been nothing but positive and easy. In fact, over the course of 40 years as a very active audiophile, I'd say he is at or very close to the top, in terms of service and care about customer concerns.
I am very tempted to say that someone who publicly denigrates another on this site - without even a hint of specificity or explanation - should be ignored forever. But that would be dangerously close to acting in the same disrespectful and unthoughtful manner.
What I will say is that I "echo" Nirodha 35's comments about how good the Gold is. My experience has been every bit as positive with the sound these cords help reproduce.