People say they fall in love with Harbeth. I'm one of them.
C7ES-2, then C7ES-3, and when I saw them started doing the 40th Anniversary versions, I was patiently waiting for the Compact 7 to be part of it. They definitely were trying me, cause it was the very last one to have the Anniversary version, after P3, 30.2, 40.2, and SHL5.
I was probably the first one to order it from the Toronto dealer (Planet of Sound, great people). Waited a couple of months and picked up in a cold winter afternoon. Patient pays off!!! The Tamo Ash is stunning. It's not a substantial improvement to the normal version but the changes are noticeable in a good way. Yeah I know, owning this and paying the premium does contain some sentimental emotion here but knowing I'll keep it for a long time. It's a worthwhile investment.