No "original design" prototype makes it into production unchanged. If it did, you probably wouldn't want it. Schiit did a fantastic job with the plinth and platter, far better than my crude first efforts. They also did the electronics pod, that I think is super. Bringing people up to speed on the quirks of a unipivot tonearm was harder than I anticipated, and you have to remember they have an entire other product line to think about. The progress they've made over the last couple weeks is quite impressive, at least to me.