I'm looking for some help with a Ceriatone build I'm considering. Not doing it myself; talking with a local amp builder who has experience with the Ceriatone kits. I do not have an electronics background so I don't have the knowledge or experience re specs, technical issues, etc. The builder's quote seemed a bit high to me and I'm looking for areas to reduce costs if possible. Nik's kit price is fixed as is the builder's labor, but he's listing Mercury Magnetics on his estimate sheet for the transformers and that's one area I think I can work around. My gut is that the builder is trying to make a few extra dollars by using the Mercury Mags and I can get by with using something else that's just as good but less expensive. Here are my questions... - If I shop around for my own transformers, what should I be asking for? Are there specs that I should give a company? Particular model or parts numbers? - Quote for three MM transformers (PT, OT & choke) is ~ $400.00 incl shipping. Is that reasonable or high? - I 've read that Hoffman is a good "bang-for-the-buck" brand that several DIY'ers and builders use. How much would those transformers cost from Hoffman and how would I go about ordering them? - The guy I'm talking to pleads ignorance re suggesting alternatives to the MM's...I'm kind of feeling snowed a bit. Should I expect a reputable builder to have options beyond one brand? He claims that the transformers from MM are custom-ordered to spec by Nik and that they are the only ones intended to be used in D-styled amps. My BS meter is ringing on this one... Thanks in advance for any replies and information.