I haven't heard anything either. His blogspot site says early to mid October, so I'm not gonna stress till later in the month.
As far as all the clones that are built, many of them do sound the same. However, it seems some do work their way to the top and everyone appears to want one. Yes, there are flavors of the month that come and go here on TB, but the good stuff stays good. Is it politics? Maybe. Luck? Probably not. Having an awesome product on all accounts? Oh yeah.
Since the Supercollider, to my ears, is the most punishing Muff I've ever encountered and the fact that it has been on my board for as long as it has and withstood my numerous attempts to replace it with something "better", means a lot.
That being said, if Mark put out a run of the mill LM308 Rat clone, I'm sure people would still buy it. But the Iron Pig seems far from a Rat clone. I've never seen anything like that...9 flavors of LM308 (Ric Flair WOOO!).
I'm sure a few of the settings will sound exactly the same...but you know there are gonna be a couple of sweet spots that will administer punishing eargasms. I'm all worked up now. IRON PIG BABY.