At $79.99, I wasn't about to buy the Nathan East preamp. At $49.99, I was thinking about it, but didn't really want to spend that kind of scratch. I mean, that's fifty bucks! But $29.99?! Sign me up. I already ordered mine. Musician's Fiend is trying to get rid of dem NE-1's sumthin' good, and for ~$30, I'm willing to try it. They must be coming out with a new model.