They are made in Japan and the cost of living in Japan is expensive. Of course the economies of scale do not come into play. Orb doesn't sell that many of these devices in that only a small outlier group of enthusiasts will purchase. I actually have one ordered but owing to the continued mayhem with COVID-19 and the shipping problems, I have deferred getting it until later in the year when hopefully things will have settled down and the Covid-19 virus will have been rendered less injurious due to the various vaccines. I have two machines actually and to be perfectly candid I would not be without either one. If I recall correctly, when the DF-01 was introduced in 2005, it cost something like £/€/$ 2,500. At $1,200 or €1,350 or so, it's a steal given the previous price and it fixes all vinyl not just 12" records like previous models. But I know, it's all relative and 1,200 to 1,500 in whatever currency takes time to accumulate. Worth it though, if my 16 years of ownership is typical.