Hi All I've Just pulled out "The Beatles Mono Box" and at the mo I'm really loving "Rubber soul". This got me thinking how great a release this is and how chuffed I am to own it, then I started to think about all the folks who complain about it not being a limited edition as was initially stated and how they were conned, so I thought I'd offer my thoughts on this which I guess amount to a defence of it being freely available to those who want to buy it........... 1. Many complain that EMI conned them by saying this was a limited release and that EMI should not have reprinted a second run and by doing that they conned fans......... My answer to this is I genuinely believe that EMI did NOT realise how high the demand for the Mono Box would be, I know many folks who say to me why do you listen to MONO that's so old fashioned or even rubbish. I think this partly goes towards explaining EMI's original thinking that because it is mono they never expected there to be such high demand in the 21st century for a mono set, I think this view was also common among all the major labels, something that has been borne out by the many mono releases since the Beatles set, by acts such as Dylan, The Kinks The Byrds and more, the success of The Beatles Mono Box opened up a new avenue of revenue for other artists and labels, it showed them there are people who do want mono. 2. I pre ordered both mono & stereo sets and received them on release day so I paid the initial high price, do I feel conned? NO!! this happens with most releases anyway, you find that items are cheaper once the initial high demand is over. 3. There are those who say this was stated to be limited and no 2nd or 3rd runs should have been manufactured and that it should have remained limited, my take on this is...... I HATE limited releases, I'm not interested in owning something because it's limited, if I did I'd collect Picasso paintings or vintage Rolls Royce, I buy for the music and to me that music should be available to all who want to buy it, there are so many albums I want that are unavailable or go for exorbitant prices on Ebay or Amazon so pressing further copies is fine by me as it gives more people the chance to own this release and hear this music. EMI made the right decision when they pressed further runs to make it available for others to buy, I know I've never regretted buying this box even though I paid full price, the fact it's now cheaper and freely available doesn't bother me either, in fact I'm happy in every way about this release and I'm glad it's available to all who want it as that's how it should be.