Lots of ways to get something done. I dont see it reasonable in looking negatively that the LSV may not have new technology or design in it. So freaking what. New designs are untested and actual mid to long term durability is typically unknown. Case in point. Look at the early VHW's and the issues with that. Just look at how many recalls happen in all types of products with new technology reasons. Just because something is new does not equate to it being proven or better. For the most part manufactures are going to set a price for which they can sell it effectively and at an optimum profit. Not just a bit over cost. The market is the deciding factor on price after costs no matter how much one may like or dislike it. If its truly overpriced, it will come down. Just because at times our personal pocketbooks are not so big as to allow for such purchases is not reason to hate on it. I am definitely interested in the LSV. I am unsure on the made in America line but here is a nugget. http://www.ftc.gov/os/1997/12/epsmadeusa.htm http://www.ftc.gov/os/statutes/usajump.shtm So however the reality of their manufacturing situation fits into that is the answer. One thing that attracted me to 7th floor was that it was made in Colorado, well kinda hehe. I believe the issue is one that the company evolved into using Chinese manufactured parts and it should be understood China is where more and more things are only manufactured or only manufactured where they will cater to you easily. For some industries it is a necessary logistic. I am not sure I agree with view points that 7th floor is misleading in its terminology because I am unsure how they rate compared to enforcement rules. I tend to think they are in a grey area.