Another thing about tied and soldered spokes: It is rather hard to replace a broken spoke. So the technique is good for events where you receive replacement wheels (races), but not where you should fix your own equipment (randonneur riding, touring, etc.)
On a good randonneur bike, you can replace ANY spoke within 2 minutes and have the wheel true again...
Jan Heine, Seattle
P.S.: Please let's not restart a thread on whether wheels with tied and soldered spokes (or high spoke tension) ride harsher than others. We all know they sometimes do and sometimes don't, depending on who is riding the bike!