I suppose that might get one to expect higher prices. I've been told by a competent resource that the material itself has seen a 10x cost increase. Now I don't know if that meant the raw-form, or the actual produced magnet, or the entire speaker itself. I guess it really doesn't matter, in any case it will mean increased prices for Neo-equipped cabs. I know of one manufacturer that is for sure dropping neo speakers from their entire lineup. To the point that they are totally redesigning their entire cab lineup to better suit ceramic magnet speakers. I would imagine that classifying Neodymium to "precious metal status" has all kinds of cost-increasing affects. Funny how nothing about the material has changed at all, other than classification. And somehow "that alone" makes it more expensive. It's still the same stuff we've been buying for years - it's no better than it was last year. But now it's "called" something different so it's now worth more. This world is ridiculous. Fleece the sheep.