I didn’t take your comment personally. I was unhappily surprised, as well, to discover this offering only available to Europe, but my experience with Thomann was painless. That said, I completely understand the annoyance of being so close to the factory! Haha!Never doubted you; just wanted to clarify the availability in the USA. I don't remember Ludwig ever doing this before, but maybe they have (making a product only available in another country).