I missed this in the snowfall of activity here on the guild. Not complaining, it's nice to see commentary here!
I am, of course, hopeful these will come in on the lower end of that $800-1200 range, but for what is basically a piece of functional artwork, I am neither surprised, nor discouraged. I am kinda glad you still have some way to go before you're ready to hit the market though, gives me time to sock away the cash to buy one!
Keep at it Doc! Niche or not, paintball needs something that's not another spool gun or 'cocker retread. As nice as a lot of those are, they all start to look really similar after a while.