None taken.It was not your particular posting which annoyed me as I understood where you were coming from.
I must admit a 4 letter word came to mind when I saw the price
! For me the purchase was a matter of time and convenience, and like you say I also have much of the material in various sources, much of it in German. I don't have much time (family etc.), and did not like the idea of spending what time I had translating German into English, even with the on line translation tools now available, and they are not 100% accurate and do not recognise all the words, as we found out when we got a letter from the Austrian Police all in German(My daughter was involved in a Ski accident when she was out there. You have to report it to the Police (she got breathalysed), and they decide what action to take, bit like traffic cops on the slopes. In this case we worked out that she was OK.)
The other thing that convinced me it was worthwhile what what Iain Stanford said about it either on this or the Pike & Shot forum (round about Sept last year), about his involvement and the work he and others (mostly Dutch and German contributors) were doing (lots of translating as you said, some of the German is old and they needed to understand what was meant). I think the original intention was to issue it as 2 CD's and to have the 1st one out by Xmas.
The OMM site is cheaper, the main difference being "VAT
" The $60 price they quote approximates to the pre VAT £40 price on the Baccus site, and from the P&P they quote is about £10 cheaper.
As for a review I am hoping a professional reviewer in one of the mags/online sites might do one,... you would be waiting a very long time for me to do a proper one