At one point in early 05, Thomastik increased their prices by 5%. Previous to this increase,I was able to purchase TI JF344's and JR344's for $50 without taxes at a local store (didn't get charged tax, though.) My mom just came home with a set of JR344's I ordered (thankfully paying for them, I can't thank her enough -- I've got Obligatos to buy for my DB!) complete with a receipt for $62 before taxes, now $72 after. Did I miss another price increase or something? 'Cause I'm pretty sure 5% of $50 is NOT $12. Can't say I'm pleased with a $22 increase in strings -- AT ALL. Not only am I now being charged for taxes from the shop (weird enough) but that stuff adds up. Keep in mind this is in fact a 4 string set. 4 strings. $72. What the hell?