I have a feeling things are about to change. Its too expensive to produce high end hardware at these prices during our recession if its not selling. And the stuff that is selling is the second hand gear by the thousands of wankers on ebay. So where does this leave the manufacturers and boutique shops? Well, if you are only making a few high end products a week, the price has to go up. Its going to be special orders and a wait. I'm not saying its all going to hell but the writing is on the wall. Downsizing, offshore production shifting and the DAW revolution tells me, quality built hardware is not going to be as affordable as it once was. But it will be gold to my thinking. It will be convenient for the less informed to let it go because most of us are all caught up with the marvel of digital editing and trying to survive but yikes... I fear for some of those top heavy manufacturers too. And there is so much mis information being posted by people that are so confused over what they bought, its a total gong show. How are manufacturers keeping up with all the BS being posted about their gear by wankers. Its not helping the situation. Some 16 year olds come across on forums like they have been recording all their lives. Right now thousands of users are scrambling to get the next best plugin but there will be a time when the true value of copper will be out of reach for most in the NEW recording economy / industry. It will cost much more to build all quality hardware. But I also think the cream is rising and good things are developing. This ass kicking is making us all think harder and reflect. If you are taking sound serious and planning to invest in top level mic-pre's, vocal, bus and mastering compressors, save your pennies and buy the quality stuff that's still around, affordable and available. Its a buyers market indeed but it will change. Interesting times ahead.