In terms of the Paiste pricing, it's to do with the fact that they're manufactured on another continent (Europe) and have to be imported to the US and the associated shipping and import costs.I agree. The XS 20's and SR2's are light years better than ZHT's. Paiste Alpha's are an anomaly to me. They are supposed "mid-price" cymbals, but are priced about the same as Zildjian A's and Sabian AA's. as well as all the Dream stuff. I never understood that. Would you rather have a Paiste Alpha or a Zildjian A of the same size? To me the Paiste PST 7's are more in line with the XS 20's and ZHT's as far as price and sound.
I would have to assume that they (ZHT's) are either going to be discontinued or redesigned, based on the recent clearance prices from retailers.