Had mine in the Maple/Silver legs finish since I got the system in 2005-ish and see a lot of it on the picture threads so obviously its a popular finish. So does anybody have any idea why Naim no longer offer it?
I need another level and it looks like others do seeing as how much it goes for on 'that’auctoin site.
Annoying doesn’t even start to cover it and yeah, I know - first world problems…
Presumably they stopped making it because people stopped buying it and because they stopped making maple veneer speakers when the Ovators were introduced. I think it’s a lovely finish and matches my speakers perfectly. It does seem a shame it’s discontinued when Trumpian cherry persists. Maple is so much nicer.
Odd, I got confused by Fraim options recently when looking at a dealer’s website and couldn’t figure out why finish options seemed limited for some components.
If Naim have ditched certain finished one would hope you could buy extra ‘legs’ in the existing available colours affordably to rfeplace those in your current setup - not ideal but perhaps better than a can of black spray paint.
The removal of the Maple option may be down to a change of supplier(s) over time. IIRC, Naim had to change their sourcing and, if memory further serves, it seems the laminating process isn’t straightforward.
My Maple shelves were acquired over several years and it’s noticeable how some have darkened more than others - and it’s all shielded from direct sunlight.
I have a preference for the rosewood finish but that was long gone when I bought Fraim, even the cherry came dyed between buying lite and ff, at least undyed could be specified as a special order and it darkens over time to nearly match the previous version. There could be nothing like there is with speakers.
It is a bit odd - the colour options. There are two versions of Cherry available for full Fraim - Tinted and, presumably, Natural with the former being darker (and probably darker than Cherry ever gets from my experience with other furniture I own). I actually like the Tinted - but would have gone for the Natural for a better match to most of my other furniture EXCEPT I wanted a Fraim Lite top shelf for the TT and Fraim Lite is only available in Tinted. Strange!! I have black uprights and it does look great to my eyes - probably better than the Natural would have. It was, though, the first comment the style police made. Fortunately my glass coffee table came to the rescue as it’s Cherry supports vary from light to almost black. Case for the defence settled and accepted. Phew!
I’ll admit I actually think (on screen anyway) the Cherry and Black supports looks good but not Cherry and Silver. I’m not keen on Ash with Black supports either. There’s too much of a contrast for me.