Like most guys here, I don't go back to the production model. If it did what I wanted, I wouldn't be tweaking it in the first place. With 10 kinds of alnico readily available, I don't see how stock PU's are going to invariably be the best fit for your guitar design, wood, amp, genre, and playing style. Manufacturers can't possibly make a PU that has the one right magnet for everyone. Have you forgotten that it was the users that persuaded Duncan to create the C5 and CC, or an HB with an A8, and the '59/Custom hybrid. There are those that accept change and progress, and those that don't.
"Completely Conceded Glowing Expert."
WTF are you rambling on about? My point was, it's pretty pointless to buy a brand new pickup, that you can swap using the 21 day guarantee from Duncan, just to change the magnet. Yes even the most careful of hands can jack up a perfectly good pickup. Again, kind of dumb to be doing it on a brand new pickup if you can exchange it for something else.
There was a reason I mentioned the used market and not having anything better to do in the same sentence. I'm all for experimenting. If it works for you then great. You are in a very small percentage though. This forum maybe represents 10% of the Duncan users world wide.
As for cheap shots? I don't need to. I've been well known for not holding back. If I think you're idiot, I'll tell ya you're an idiot. As it stands though, arguing on a forum is akin to talking trash via text message. It's plain stupid.
Untie the knots from your man thong and go on about your magnet swapping life.
Gear: More junk than I know what to do with