This is not directed at you of course, but the person quoted somehow implies that it is unusual or strange that a company like Neural has (or could have) shareholders. The romantic view that many people have of the instrument business is probably quite clouded in some cases. Building up a manufacturing company with everything that goes with it (R&D, tools, employees, materials, etc.) is not exactly cheap. Nor is the powerful marketing that runs parallel to this free of charge (cough, Blackstar, cough). Furthermore, I do not want to know what additional influence the AKM fire had or still has on the development and production.