Well I emailed them about this and they wrote back:
thanks very much for your interest!
The pricing is our company\'s philosophy:
We are a small sample CD manufacturer located in Germany and offer our CDs via direct distribution, which means you won\'t have to pay for additional distribution profits.
On the other hand, we think that sample CDs are too expensive in general:
Some manufacturers claim that they have to ask high prices for their sample CDs in order to balance what they lose through pirated copies.
Our concept is that by having a fair pricing policy, we can positively encourage people to buy the CDs instead of copying them.
There\'s also a personal experience I made myself that went into our concept: When I bought a sample CD, it sometimes happened that I had not much use for some of its sounds or even had no use for the CD in general.
Considering prices of more than 200 $ for a single sample CD, you can imagine that I thought twice about which sample CD to get, because I wanted to avoid buying one which I didn\'t really like in the end.
We figured that people would buy sample CDs more easily and would start to try out different things again, if they don\'t have to pay 200 $ per CD.
The site\'s mp3\'s of the violins and the guitars sound good to me. The only problem with the strings seems to be that only down bows are provided, making realism a problem. But for 29 EU, these are amazing.
Because it\'s probably a group of college guys with very little if no overhead.
The sample libraries that they sell are relatively easy to sample since they are generally solo instruments. This makes it easy to mike, perform and record.
I think that 4 CD\'s and packaging probably costs them less than $10, at $30 they\'re making a 300% profit, not too shabby if you ask me. I know that if you factor in their recording costs, editing time and programming the net profit gets a lot lower, but it works out for them.
I really don\'t think they\'re re-packaging copyrighted samples, I\'m sure the big boys would be onto them like wolves on a sausage.......mmmm, sausage!
My order is in for the solo violin, I\'ll let you all know how it goes!