I can only help with your fourth question, and it depends on whether or not it's carrying a coconut.
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Jdwek, the Neuance shelf will sit on upturned spikes all on its own. Yet, I have heard that an African swallow perched on each corner helps to eke out the last scintilla of hifi performance from this fine shelf. Neuance is at www.neuanceaudio.com; they give an e-mail address but I don't know about phone number. But Ken on this site could tell you.
I have successfuly used lead shot to quickly dampen the vibrations of passing swallows. Works especially well with MIT 750 "shotgun" terminator ICs. be sure to lead the swallow slightly before firing.
If that fails, try throwing some Shataki stones at the flagrant fowl, or plugging both of the swallow's feet directly into your power conditioner. But be sure to get the polarity of the feet correct. The swallow will then stop resonating immeadiately and you will eliminate any background noise. --Lorne
For those python fans still with us on this thread,...
I just returned from a vacation in Scotalnd and went to a place called doane castle ( i think) which just happens to be the same castle used in many of the scenes including I think.."AAWWW , it's only a bunny rabbit" and, "one day, all this will be yours"