Please provide more info on the $30 capacitor. How would that replace the capability of the easy start?
Reduced noise due to some sort of ramping of power to soften the step of the compressor is one thing, but claiming run-time noise would change at all is ridiculous. What exactly are you claiming - other than the placebo of feeling good about spending a bunch of time and money on something you could have done with a $30 capacitor?
Yes, NBB, Please let's see a parts list and schematic. No voodoo hack job either - I'd like to see it in your full engineeering glory (stamp it if ya got it). And, I'd like to see it generalized for multiple AC units and skill level of installers. Please.