whats the point of this sub forum? Not meaning to be rude but SOS asked for feedback and I offered mine and I believe I have some valid points.
You may have a valid point, but it's not really feedback for SOS, is it? You'd be better providing your feedback to PMI since they're the only people who can do anything to help you. Call me old-fashioned, but complaining that something we reviewed over three years ago now costs more doesn't really seem like feedback relevant to today's magazine!
I never used phrases as strong as "ripped off"
I think you referred to 'rip off merchants' ...
Anyway, as promised, here is the Alan Hyatt's response to the price increase:
It may be in fact more money. The fact is, improvements have been made
along the way. The Bourns Faders we use cost twice as much as the Taiwan
Alpha's. We also changed to supported pots, balanced outputs, better solo
indication and much more.
The current price is £4,999.00 without meter bridge. In 2006, it was
£2,999.00, so yes it has gone up, but cots of manufacturer have gone up,
fuel costs, labor, overhead.... This is the way of the world, and the
improvements have also gone up over the years. Remember, the ATB is
approaching 6 years now.
IN 2008 when it was reviewed, the price was £4,499.00.
There are some things I cannot reveal right now, but soon you will see
more changes. The ATB continues to be used by top professionals all over the world, and is still considered at its current price to be the most professional fully analog console at under £10K.
Technical Editor, Sound On Sound