Watts up pro audio quoted me at almost $1800 for the thorax. I thought sebatron was supposed to be quality gear that simple home studio owners could afford. This price is closer to all the other channel strips out there. ie. Avalon, Universal Audio, Focusrite etc. What makes this as good or better than the rest. This is a company that no one has ever heard of and though great things are being said about them, the compliments all seem to come from people who have a vested interest in this company doing well, such as this website.