If they are made in China so be it. I can vouch for their very high quality built, longevity/durability and sound quality.
I’ve been an owner of the Coincident Frankenstein MK II and the Statement Line Stage for 10 years (Both purchased new directly from Israel Blume. I purchased the Coincident Total Eclipse II speakers used a few months before acquiring the new electronics.
I’ve read complaints from some of the posters on this thread and I’ve no reason at all to doubt them. Maybe it is just luck but Israel has without fail been kind, polite and very responsive to me over the years. I regret that this hasn’t been the case for every Coincident owner.
I just assumed the products were made in Canada but certainly I could be wrong. There shouldn’t be any ambiguity regarding place of origin. Israel should be clear and open about this. In my experience I haven’t had any reliability issues as they have been workhorse products in my system that in my opinion sound magnificent.
I do agree that the claim of no signal path capacitor in the Frankenstein is false. There’s a Solens cap in the first stage. It however has excellent sound quality sound with this stock capacitor. Nonetheless I replaced it with an upgrade copper foil capacitor that yielded a modest but noticeable improvement.
I am not certain that Salvatore gets versions other than stock. He removed his Solens cap in the Frankenstein for a V cap .
Israel should also be clear in regard to what the 8 watt Frankenstein can drive. There is variation in his own speakers for example. The Total Eclipse II, Super Eclipse and Triumph Extreme are models that work very well with the Frankenstein. Other Coincident models do better with more power.
My stance is just be upfront and clear. Yes the Frankenstein is a superb 300b SET but isn’t the right choice for some of its sibbling speakers.
I've been an active Audiogon participant for 10 years and have really enjoyed the interaction and exchanges. I same as you have noticed a change for the worse in the past couple of years. Definitely an increase in trolling and a general negativity. I do miss the comarderie and closer knit vibe of the past.
If you feel the Frankenstein SET mono blocks sound like Chinese junk , well we'll just respectfully disagree and chalk it up to different ears and taste. I can say without reservation it's one of the very best sounding amplifiers I have ever heard. Sorry about your bad experience with Israel Blume. Again, the polar opposite of my experience.
While I accept the notion the Coincident products are manufactured in China I dispute that the output, power and interstage transformers are Chinese made. Israel is adamant that these double C core transformers are made in Japan. People who have more intimate knowledge of the company than I do support Israel’s statement. I have no reason to question this unless someone can provide actual contrary evidence.
In a sense a moot point in that as I, Brownsfan, cal3713,Thaluza, grannyring and mikirob attest to, they produce superb sound. To be clear I am referring to the transformers in the Frankenstein MK II, Dragon, Turbo 845 mono blocks and the Statement Line Stage (and phono stage). The lower priced Dynalmo may be the exception in using Japanese transformers. Even so the Dynamo has excellent sound quality per word of mouth from many owners.
Thank you for your kind words. When you, brownsfan and others share your experiences that were unfortunately negative I have no problems with that what so ever. The truth is the truth and I accept reality. I can't explain why I, rpehare, mikirob and sci-fi (and others) had very positive interaction with Israel Blume and you, brownsfan and others did not. I have no clue but I don't question your accounts of what transpired. It disappoints me that the positive interactions could not be universal. On the positive side I'm very happy that the Coincident Frankenstein has brought you much musical joy and fabulous sound quality.