Originally Posted by 2pipes
Of course you are right, but IF YOU KNOW YOUR TARGET BUYER will not perform weekly maintenance then why design a marker that REQUIRES IT. I perform my maintenance and as an adult owner I know the benefits, but PE designs markers that perform well without this.
To be fair to Dye they priced it at $1600, kind of an adult price if you ask me, I think they under estimated the fact that teens have jobs and no rent
I think if you took a look at every NT out there you you'd find that the truth is probably in the middle somewhere. The NT's are probably on the whole less tolerant of the normal adjustments the kiddies like to make (pressure is seems to be everyone's favorite tinker toy on pb markers) but there may be a few markers out there that were bad eggs. I for one was not super impressed with the machining on the bolt system in my NT10 (for a $1600 marker) but on my NT11 it looks much better. I'm also not really that impressed by the boards dye puts in there markers, in the last 10 years I've sent back 3 boards under warranty. Your expectations on a $1600 marker are just a little higher than what you have come to expect out of the less expensive DM line(which has had 10 years to mature).
I don't get the impression Dye has dropped the NT, at the Tech classes they inevitably get asked about this and their response is always "it's in the works" rather than other platforms they have walked away from where there response has been more direct and frank.
I was one of the skeptical buyers myself. I waited even though I wanted one when they were first released. I waited until last year (even bought a new DM12 in that time) when I got a stupid good deal on one and decided I would be stupid not to give it a shot. I have to say its my favorite marker to date.