The guy's name is actually Carlo and not Carly. I think you'll find that Andre's point is the fact that the good folks at Foxy in collaboration with proffessor Zsolt have taken stock Micron needles and improved their performance immensely by means already duscussed, the work involved in making this happen as well as the time is reflected in the high price, the article you were pointed to was posted here long before you were a member and before they were actually released obviously, I doubt very very much that Foxy are doing any of this behind Iwata's back, in fact I'm even sure that Iwata knew even before it started, so the point at the end of the day is that some folks who would rather airbrush and create art than tamper with with stuff risking disaster are happy to pay for a stock needle and for the time it took to have it improved it, I seriously doubt that Foxy or anyone else is making a killing by providing this service especially when you consider a stock needle already costs up to $70, so since all the feedback from people who already own them is better than just positive, even I would gladly pay an extra $30 to $50 for one, the only reason I don't have one is because I just don't have the talent to justify it. I don't mind telling you, I've had messages from one or two people whom you have upset with your argumentative and insulting approach, whilst I suggested that you be given the benefit of the doubt I'm afraid to say I too am beginning to find your conduct tedious, it may well be that what your doing isn't intentional but you are becoming the complete opposite of what this forum stands for and it pains me to watch you attack people here I consider friends and to be honest I wouldn't mind knowing what is the root of your anger, if you continue so, you will only serve to alienate yourself. If you already know that you can do a better job yourself on your lathe, why not just do that? But until you actually own or try out the k33 needle I don't think you have anything productive to add, I would also suggest a little more research before accusing others of just letting their tongues roll for the hell of it. I'm sorry if this upsets you but someone has to say something.