Thanks, Woobieizer, for your reply.
Unfortunately, I have tried, in the past, to post photos here, to no avail. It's a glitch within my computer I haven't figured out yet.
I have e-mailed some of my antenna photos to a couple of guys here, who contacted me by P.M, but none of them have posted these yet.
Anyway, simply put, the balun has tiny wires that are as fine as a hair which are broken, and you'd need a microscope to see the break. Soldering those baluns would be an even bigger challenge and probably a waste of time.
On the brighter side of things, I was able to locate an old matching transformer balun labeled, "SMK," "Made in Japan," as 300 ohm suggested, and WOW! What a difference since installing that!
(Found it at the Salvation Army, as part of a video game for $3.) I will now use this balun for all testing to get consistant and fair results when comparing my Mclapp antennas.
I also have 10 Channel master baluns on order.
(I did not take the Japan balun apart for inspection, but must surmise it is beefier than the Chinese ones I've been using.) I also assume I'll obtain better results with the CM balun, as well.
I did finally finish my vertical stacked 8-bay, and felt, based on my initial impressions, that it performed well, but about as good as it's 4-bay equivalent by comparison. Paid particuarly close attention to length and even, equal distribution with balun connection. I was more impressed with the results of the DBGH on the high UHF side and still want to modify this to get those VHF high channels better. I can't remember what exactly was the recommendation, but I recall an element installed above and below each bay to make the GH respond to VHF.
Also, thus far, I am beginning to believe things to be a toss-up between the 8-1/2" x 8" and the 9" x 8-1/2" reflectorless Mclapps to be the best comprimise of all sizes built. They may give away a little on the VHF channels over the 9-1/2" x 9", but appear to substantially improve the upper UHF channels. I will form more accurate opinions and results with time, now that I have solved a balun issue, which may have skewed my initial results.
I am currently using the Philips/Magnavox baluns on all the other antennas, but for test purposes, I will only use the Japan one, until the CM's come.