Hi fellow audio addicts. I am new to AVSforum as of 10 min ago. I have been looking for my "retirement speakers" for my "retirement system" for approx. 8 months. I have been a music lover / audiophile for 35 yrs. I seem to have had 2 or 3 systems on the go for some time. I was lucky enough to have had the the room(s) to do so. Now downsizing and having to make decisions on what to keep and not to keep for one only 2 channel system to keep for some time. I was going to spend another $25K to for my "last" system (within my reach anyway). I will be pairing away from most of what I have and will be upgrading my source, maybe a pre-amp and have not made a final decision on speakers but that is about to be determined rather soon I hope. I was thinking of spending a significant amount on speakers (i.e. up to 12k and was looking at new and used market) but then started searching online for "giant killer speakers" and read an awful lot of interesting stuff. I had a pair of maggie mmg's and decided to mod them "ala Magnestand" complete with completely modded outboard crossovers, hardwood frames, struts and custom variable damping stand. I have not been disappointed and could easily live with these however I was intrigued by what I read concerning Tekton as well, and ordered a pair of Lore S. I just couldn't pass as they were being described as a sound that I most likely will appreciate.I owned a pair of Reference 3a MM De Capo i's and really enjoyed them for several years (miss those a bit). They were fairly sensitive at 92db / and fairly stable 8 ohms (great with tubes not so much with SS). I will be trialing both speakers (the modded mmgs and the Lore S's) as well as choosing a source, pre-amp / amp. This will take a bit of time as I have several bits of equipment left over and will be bringing in some new bits from a local dealer to all audition at home. My current system(s) consist of Sources: Cambridge Audio 840c; Denon 3910 universal player; Bel Canto DAC 2; currently setting up streaming system. Amplifiers: Conrad Johnson MF 2500, Red Wine Audio 70.1 monoblocks (with stock tubes), Steinhart Audio 100 watt class A tube amp with Steinhart Audio Fidelio tube pre. Will be pairing the CJ MF2500 and the Red Wine monos with a McIntosh C2500 tube pre to compare with the Steinhart pre. I think I'll be occupied for a while. At this point I know I will be keeping the mmg's in their current form however I'm really looking forward to time with the Lore S's. Ultimately will be a choice between the two. It's taken a long time for the crossovers in the maggies to mature and they only started bowling me over in the past month or so. Prior to this breaking in I really wasn't sure I was liking them ( especially at the frequency extremes) and it was during the pre-fully broken in period when I decided to order my Lore S's in a "Linen White" I was able to choose from Home Depot's color samples. Anyway sorry for the long intro. Just really wanted to say that I ordered in mid-Jan and according to Fed-Ex will be here, at my door at 0900 tomorrow am. I was initially given a completion and delivery time of "2 to 3 weeks". I maintained contact with Eric every couple of weeks and at about the 4-5 week mark really started having a great ol' time with maggies and by week 8/9 had decided that I would contact Eric and cancel my order. I did this though with no ill will as I fully understand what he is attempting to do with being the "creator" of speakers rather than just another "manufacturer". I suspect he wears many hats over there at Tekton and even answers the phone, often as it sounds like he is doing 7 other things at once. So really I did it so that maybe the next customer in line would get his lore s a little sooner. No sooner had I sent my email I received a call from Eric to tell me they were ready and shipping out next day. I certainly don't blame him and applaud his success. Just hope he is able to maintain his health at this pace. Anyway will be listening to the Lore S's tomorrow. Yippi Kye Aye!!