Wouldn't a change to 8 mains in the throat necessitate a grommet re-design?Once the current 18x20 TC95's and TC97's strings go dead, I will string up the 16x19s in both with a thicker gauge string to see how they compare and whether I can play with them as easily. Then decide whether to keep both string patterns or just the 18x20s.
For me, if Paul (@Racketdesign ) would come up with a TC95 that has either a 16x20 or a 16x19 with 8 Mains would be the Goldielocks solution. I don't care whether he calls it the TC98, TC95, or whatever (they all share the same grommets anyway so not a big difference if any), just as long as he does come up with it and makes it 63RA or lower unstrung and D Beam. Preferably, he doesn't increase the Beam thickness as I find the current TC95 and TC97 to be powerful enough with the 20mm Beam.