Excuse the title but I don't really now what to call this question but .... here goes. When a company makes a product and sells it for say 1200 and 5 years later it is retailing for 500 is the product the "same" one. Are we buying the exact same thing with regard to quality of components/manufacture etc or do companies cut back over the years in line with it's falling price? I don't mean hi tech like plasma TV's where prices fall for different reasons but in things like music gear or more specifficallly microphones. AKG makes the "Solid Tube" mic and on it's release it was around 1200 / £800 / $1600 and it was very well reviewed. Move forwards a few years and the "Solid Tube" is still available but for much less around 500 / £350 / $700. If I were to buy it am I receiving the same microphone or am I buying the 2007 reduced quality version that isn't "worth" 1200, instead I'm buying a mic of the same name that is only worth 500? Phew ... I hope that's clear!