The Live Custom Hybrid is equally priced with Tama Starclassic Maple here in Europe though (in Germany at least, where I bought mine from), the Absolute Maple Hybrids are just a tad bit more expensive. Still cost more than their previous Live Custom kit though (maybe they justify it with the added bassdrum weights, hybrid shell, and type of specialty finish), but doesn't seem that extreme in comparison. At least not to me . But I agree, they should have more choices in the area between the Stage Customs and Oaks. Maybe expand on their Tour Customs a bit more, make it a more desirable kit (compared with the Starclassic Walnut/Birch, Saturns, Masters Maple Complete etc, who really thinks about/knows about the Tour Customs? Seems like they sell nowhere close to these other choices).