I take your point about the tubes.
There seems to be another option regarding the cabinet which you have not mentioned, namely that I have the silver-covered one and either live with the colour or get it recovered at my leisure here in England.
So how much for the silver cabinet? Less than the $290 originally quoted for a re-covered one I would hope.
It seemed so straight-forward and would hopefully break the deadlock:
I'd like to have a black case, but would settle for a silver one and could shop around for an affordable re-covering service in the UK once I'd received it.
So that just left the amp to be finished up...
Except that my email wasn't replied to, so after a few days, yet another call seemed necessary - see part 47.