I have seen 2 reviews of a Dry Z taken apart, one said they were A2s and the other A3s. I also vaguely remember an interview with the original designer of DryZs were he said they were A3, not sure though. I also remember that they ran out of the NOS wire they used at the end of Dry-Z production. I personally would like to know how I can determine which magnets are in there, maybe EFK can give me some hints. They were wax potted for sure. Also, strange enough, no matter how they read (a Dry Z can vary from 6.8 to 8.3) they sound similar; great note definition and the typical glorious break-up when driven. Personally I do not like how they sound clean; to my ears they lack dynamics and have too much 'air' in them. A VH-1 is quite different, not only because it changed over the years. The original VH-1 hype started with owners of early 80s FLG-90s & RLG-90s. With the knowledge available back then, they thought they had VH-1s but as we know now the FLG-90s sported L8001s and the RLG-90 up to 1984 VH2s.. I think both L8001 and VH2 are the same pickup. Based on readings and magnet type used. The VH-1 changed gradually over the years and there are at least 3 types of them; changing from potted A3, potted A2 to unpotted A5 in the end.