I remember when my Dad bought his first stereo, in 1963, almost everything was made in America at a price point that a middle class guy could afford. He bought an HH Scott integrated amp and Scott speakers and a British built Garrard. When I bought my first stereo, in 1965, I bought AR4a speakers and a Lafayette integrated both made in the USA and a Garrard TT made in GB. It wasn't until the 70s that I bought something made in Japan - a Technics TT, and later a Pioneer cassette deck, to go along with my AR3s and Phase Linear equipment. I later replaced the ARs with Maggie MG1s and then Avid 330s, made in MA, after the Maggies died from vibration problems due to the wires delaminating. Today, the only American made components I own are a VPI TT and a set of Maggie 1.6s, 2 relatively affordable pieces of audio equipment and great equipment too. I get Stereophile and TAS and when they review and post the price of American made equipment the cost is out of reach to most middle class people. Of course there are exceptions to the rule, but for the most part I couldn't afford the gear reviewed. My question is: Do you think American manufactures can produce equipment that the 'average Joe' can afford, or do they just want to cater to the upper end markets? It would be nice to be able to support American made equipment manufacturers and I'm sure many of you feel the same, but as is too often the case the products are out of my league. BTW, the same is true for European equipment and I don't want to slight our overseas friends. So, what do you think?