Snap, ah yes.
This is a funny bit, too: I was using Floyd Rose bridges before, during, and after I had that guitar with the Kahler Flyer on it.
SO... there was a time or two when I found myself holding a string and severed ball-end, and the ol' needle-nose plyers in the other, ready to slap myself in the forehead. No soldering would fix /that/ blunder. Hah. Mind you, I just put those ones back into another set bound for a Floyd Rose bridge, and swapped.
I then learned to put the plyers well away from my work area, just to be safe.
The flat-mount Kahler design and principal were great, especially for those who wanted that unwavering action, and had issues with palming a floating fulcrum-style bridge. All of those permutations (theirs was the very best, least intrusive way to add a trem to a Les Paul, to be sure - and I once had to do a restoration job on a Paul that had a Floyd Rose put into it, very professionally, but it had literally rusted all to h3ll - fine tuners immovable, etc.) - and they had a device to add to one of their Spyder (sp?) series fulcrum trems that would 'un-float' the bridge by moving the arm into a downard-pointing position. The medium-end Peavey Vandenberg had this on it (I have a good friend who has this instrument). Nifty idea, but a little 'flexible' - not much accidental force on the bridge required to litterally deform the metal gadget that installed under the bridge to lock out the floating action. So much for locking in tune. Very fussy set-up to get it to lock in just right, and not alter tuning a noticable few cents.
In the end, this friend opted to have a Floyd Rose installed.
Mr. Rose certainly did take a superb idea, and raise the bar (pardon pun) - to this day, I measure all bridges against my experiences with the Floyd Rose, including the Edge/LoPro Edge (and I spent a good chunk of time with the Floyds, thanks especially to Ed Van Halen, followed closely by Brad Gillis). The ones I purchased (from back when I almost always kitted my guitars together, usually bastardized [email protected]
instrument) are the ones 'distributed exclusively by Kramer' - still have the one box from the kit.
Now it's primarily in F3nder's hands. So, now Mr. Rose is trying to redefine his own design, taking it to yet another level. My concern is that the technology is much more proprietary than it ever was before (cutting ball ends off of favorite string-brand vs. purchasing specially made double-bullet end strings) thereby eliminating brand options. Maybe, if it catches on, other companies will opt in to offer up compatible sets... but would they really want to tool up for that? I think they'd end up just issuing their own specifications and tolerances to the same company, and just put their name on them. Same strings, basically.
'Scuse long rant - more often than not, I keep my commentary to myself, but when I get going, as you can see...