100% agree. I suspect it's because folks just can't give them away. Mine spent months at a five-hundred bones asking price. There are and have been a half dozen of them in my local classifieds for some time now. One can definitely "get away with" a C2 or C2x. Just try them and you'll be convinced. I do prefer the fawn and serviceability/mod potential of the hand-wired though. I've only compared the C2 (mine) with the AC30HW2x, and while they both sound fantastic, the greens are all-around more versatile for my needs. I'm also a long time user of the AC306/TBx (love that amp), but I've finally found a suitable replacement in the C2.